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Scotland’s Food and Drink Policy Discussion: Sustainability Issues in the Food Supply Chain


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  • Philip Leat

    (Food Marketing Research, Land Economy and Environment Research Group, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK)

  • Cesar Revoredo-Giha

    (Food Marketing Research, Land Economy and Environment Research Group, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK)

  • Chrysa Lamprinopoulou

    (Food Marketing Research, Land Economy and Environment Research Group, Scottish Agricultural College (SAC), West Mains Road, Edinburgh EH9 3JG, UK)


The purpose of the paper is two-fold. First, to identify the main sustainability issues that Scottish food supply chain actors are concerned with and any differences that exist between primary producers, processors and distributors and consumers; and second, to explore the implications of respondents’ views for the direction of food and drink policy in Scotland. The analysis was based on a dataset assembled from the written responses to the National Food Policy discussion in Scotland, which contains opinions on the different dimensions of sustainability (economic, environmental and social) from a broad range of individuals and organizations representing different segments of the Scottish population. The empirical analyses involved comparing the responses according to two criteria: by food supply chain stakeholder and by geographical region. The results indicated that whilst there were differences among the studied groups, the importance of social and economic sustainability were strongly evident in the foregoing analysis, highlighting issues such as diet and nutrition, the importance of local food, building sustainability on sound economic performance, the market power of supermarkets, and regulation and support in building human and technical capabilities.

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Article provided by MDPI, Open Access Journal in its journal Sustainability.

Volume (Year): 3 (2011)
Issue (Month): 4 (March)
Pages: 605-631

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Handle: RePEc:gam:jsusta:v:3:y:2011:i:4:p:605-631:d:11913

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Keywords: food sustainability; food supply chain; food policy;

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  1. van Calker, K.J. & Berentsen, P.B.M. & Giesen, G.W.J. & Huirne, R.B.M., 2008. "Maximising sustainability of Dutch dairy farming systems for different stakeholders: A modelling approach," Ecological Economics, Elsevier, vol. 65(2), pages 407-419, April.
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  1. Caracciolo, Francesco & Gorgitano, Maria Teresa & Lombardi, Pasquale & Sanino, Giuliana & Verneau, Fabio, 2011. "Responsibility and Sustainability in a Food Chain: A Priority Matrix Analysis," International Journal on Food System Dynamics, International Center for Management, Communication, and Research, vol. 2(3).
  2. Leat, Philip M.K. & Lamprinopoulou-Kranis, Chrysa & Revoredo-Giha, Cesar & Kupiec-Teahan, Beata, 2011. "Agri-food supply chains and sustainability-related issues: evidence from across the Scottish agri-food economy," Working Papers 109424, Scotland's Rural College (formerly Scottish Agricultural College), Land Economy & Environment Research Group.
  3. Paola Caputo & Chiara Ducoli & Matteo Clementi, 2014. "Strategies and Tools for Eco-Efficient Local Food Supply Scenarios," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(2), pages 631-651, January.


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