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The energy efficiency of local food systems: A comparison between different modes of distribution

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  • Mundler, Patrick
  • Rumpus, Lucas
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    The possible contribution of local sales chains to the reduction of energy consumption has been hotly debated in recent years. Some authors establish a link between the reduction of distances traveled by food and lower energy consumption due to transportation, while others hold that local supply chains have a poor energy performance. This article engages this debate by comparing the rates of energy consumption attributable to different modes of distribution of fruits and vegetables in a region of France.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Food Policy.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 6 ()
    Pages: 609-615

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:6:p:609-615

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    Keywords: Energy efficiency; Local food systems; Food miles; Short sales chains; Food distribution; Sustainable food system;

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    1. Marius Chevallier & Julien Dellier & Gaël Plumecocq & Frédéric Richard, 2013. "Dynamiques et structuration des circuits courts agroalimentaires en Limousin : distance institutionnelle, proximités spatiale et relationnelle," Working Papers hal-00921140, HAL.

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