The Current Status and Potential of Local Food in South Korea

Man Chul Jung, David PEARSON

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    Due to the deterioration of small-scale agriculture in rural regions, and increasing concerns
    over population health, the local food movement in South Korea has recently attracted
    interest from many local governments and non-governmental organisations. This paper
    examines its potential to address some of the social and environmental challenges associated
    with current forms of food provisioning.
    This includes an assessment of farmers’ markets, school meals, box schemes, and traditional
    markets. It concludes with identification of six issues that need to be managed for local food
    to continue expanding in South Korea. These being: reducing ambiguity surrounding the
    meaning of local food; greater sharing of production risks with consumers; improving coordination
    of government involvement; increasing up-take of appropriate production
    methods such as organic; maintaining opportunities for diversity of local food producers
    including small-scale family farmers; and finally, embracing local food sales in dominant
    retail outlets such as supermarkets.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)61-78
    Number of pages18
    Publication statusPublished - 2014


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