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Investigating the practicalities and benefits of local food production and identifying any unintended effects and trade-offs - FO0104

Evidence to guide the development of policies to achieve rapid adaptation of the food chain to new market opportunities, with particular reference to local and regional foods
The overall objective of this project is to reveal any practical problems or unintended negative environmental, economic or social impacts of local food production and provide solutions for mitigating those impacts from an industry or policy perspective.

In achieving this objective, six operational and necessarily sequential sub-objectives will be achieved:

1) Define what can be interpreted as different scales of ‘localisation’ and ‘centralisation’ of food production through the identification and selection of business case studies which represent supply chains serving specific production and consumption vicinities.
2) Profile the set of business case studies according to the length of, and composition of activities within, their supply chains across a range of food items.
3) Assess the impacts on different environmental, economic and social attributes of the case study supply chains to evaluate any impracticalities, unintended costs or trade-offs that movement towards greater ‘localisation’ might have.
4) Estimate the wider economic benefits of local food production in comparison to centralised production, with respect to employment and income multipliers.
5) Identify technological or organisational opportunities to improve resource efficiency of local food and provide solutions that may be created to overcome practical implementation problems.
6) Compare the consistency of policies to promote local food production with those of longer term sustainable development and identify any potential conflicts.
Project Documents
• Final Report : Investigating the Practicalities and Benefits of Local Food Production, and identifying any unintended effects and trade-offs   (192k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2007

To: 2009

Cost: £179,259
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of Northumbria
Environmental Performance              
Food and Drink              
Food Chain              
Food manufacturing industry              
Local Environmental Quality              
Fields of Study
Resource Efficient and Resilient Food Chain