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The logistic leverages of short food supply chains performance in terms of sustainability

Author: Blanquart, Corinne; Gonçalves, Amélie; Vandenbossche, Ligdwine; Kebir, Leila; Petit, Caroline; Traversac, Jean-Baptiste
Edition/Format:   Computer file
Publication:Proceedings of the 12th WCTR conference
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Local food supply chains seem now to be considered as a serious alternative to global ones in terms of sustainability. A lot of initiatives are developed and they often are associated with economical, social and environmental benefits. The main objective of this paper is to discuss the reality of these advantages. They are notably considered as a way to relocate or maintain agricultural activities, particularly in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: proceeding with peer review
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All Authors / Contributors: Blanquart, Corinne; Gonçalves, Amélie; Vandenbossche, Ligdwine; Kebir, Leila; Petit, Caroline; Traversac, Jean-Baptiste
OCLC Number: 802173728
Language Note: ENG
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Local food supply chains seem now to be considered as a serious alternative to global ones in terms of sustainability. A lot of initiatives are developed and they often are associated with economical, social and environmental benefits. The main objective of this paper is to discuss the reality of these advantages. They are notably considered as a way to relocate or maintain agricultural activities, particularly in suburban areas. They are also supposed to be able to restore the connection between producers and consumers and to promote an alternative agricultural model based on "greener" production methods and the reduction of transport distances (the "food miles"). However, several studies have shown the limits of these models. Firstly, many important retailers have developed short food supply chains, questioning the local food system as an alternative business model. Moreover, it needs specific resources that many producers can't always offer. Secondly, an inadequacy between consumer's and producer's expectations can be observed, and many initiatives aren't based on collective approaches but on individual actions. Thirdly, these models aren't always based on alternative producing models (as organic agriculture) and the limitation of distances isn't always a factor of reduction of greenhouse gases. The paper tries to assess the performance of local food systems and the logistic leverages that could improve that performance. Long food chains have demonstrated the importance of logistic as a means to improve performance, and we can wonder how the improvement of the logistic organization of short food systems could increase their economical, social and environmental performance. Considering the fact that there's not only one local food system but a wide range of possibilities based on different numbers of intermediates or different geographic scales, our work will, at first, be based on Parker's article [2005] that defines short food supply chains as systems that reduc

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