Comparing the structure, size, and performance of local and mainstream food supply chains

Robert P. King, Michael S. Hand, Gigi DiGiacomo, Kate Clancy, Miguel I. Gomez, Shermain D. Hardesty, Larry Lev, Edward W. McLaughlin

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A series of coordinated case studies compares the structure, size, and performance of local food supply chains with those of mainstream supply chains. Interviews and site visits with farms and businesses, supplemented with secondary data, describe how food moves from farms to consumers in 15 food supply chains. Key comparisons between supply chains include the degree of product differentiation, diversification of marketing outlets, and information conveyed to consumers about product origin. The cases highlight differences in prices and the distribution of revenues among supply chain participants, local retention of wages and proprietor income, transportation fuel use, and social capital creation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLocal Food Systems
Subtitle of host publicationBackground and Issues
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages76
ISBN (Electronic)9781611221145
ISBN (Print)9781617615948
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

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  • Case studies
  • Direct marketing
  • Farm-to-school
  • Farm-toretail
  • Farmers markets
  • Food miles
  • Intermediated supply chains
  • Local foods


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