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


Author:
King, Robert P. and United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
Source:
Economic research report (United States. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service) ; no. 99 2010
Year:
2010
Subject:
Local foods -- United States -- Marketing -- Case studies, Business logistics -- United States -- Case studies, and Food -- United States -- Marketing -- Case studies
Abstract:
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 pr oprietor income, transportation fuel use, and social capital creation.
Format:
v, 73 p. : col. ill., col. map.
Publisher:
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
Collection:
USDA publications