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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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  • Mundler, Patrick & Rumpus, Lucas, 2012. "The energy efficiency of local food systems: A comparison between different modes of distribution," Food Policy, Elsevier, vol. 37(6), pages 609-615.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:jfpoli:v:37:y:2012:i:6:p:609-615
    DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2012.07.006
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