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Local Food Activity in Scotland: Empirical Evidence and Research Agenda


  • David Watts
  • Philip Leat
  • Cesar Revoredo-Giha


Watts D., Leat P. and Revoredo-Giha C. Local food activity in Scotland: empirical evidence and research agenda, Regional Studies . This paper examines the geography of local food activity in Scotland and combines its data with published figures for England and Wales to calculate an index of food relocalization for Great Britain. It finds that non-farm-based local food enterprises tend to concentrate in Scotland's remotest and least densely populated areas. Farm-based enterprises cluster around the central belt, with cattle and sheep meat, horticultural and diary produce strongly represented. In the British regional context, Scotland emerges as a ‘middling’ performer. The paper discusses some possible influences on these results and reflects on their research and policy implications. Watts D., Leat P. et Revoredo-Giha C. L'industrie agro-alimentaire locale en Ecosse: des preuves empiriques et un programme de recherche, Regional Studies . Cet article cherche à examiner sur le plan local la géographie de l'industrie agro-alimentaire locale en Ecosse et combine ses données avec des chiffres officiels pour l'Angleterre et le pays de Galles afin de calculer une indice de relocalisation alimentaire pour la Grande-Bretagne. On trouve que les entreprises de l'industrie agro-alimentaire qui ne sont pas basées sur les exploitations agricoles ont tendance à s'agglomérer dans les zones les plus isolées et les moins peuplées de l'Ecosse. Les entreprises qui sont basées sur les exploitations agricoles ont tendance à se regrouper autour de la zone centrale, où les élevages bovin et ovin, et les produits horticoles et laitiers sont très présentes. D'un point de vue régional britannique, l'Ecosse s'avère un acteur peu signifiant. Cet article discute des influences éventuelles de ces résultats et réfléchit aux conséquences pour la recherche et la politique. Géographie des produits alimentaires locaux Ecosse Grande-Bretagne Indice de la relocalisation des produits alimentaires Réseaux des produits alimentaires alternatifs Watts D., Leat P. und Revoredo-Giha C. Lokale Lebensmittel-Aktivität in Schottland: empirische Belege und Forschungspläne, Regional Studies . In diesem Beitrag untersuchen wir die Geografie der lokalen Aktivitäten im Bereich der Lebensmittel in Schottland und kombinieren diese Daten mit den für England und Wales veröffentlichten Zahlen, um einen Index der Lebensmittel-Relokalisierung in Großbritannien zu berechnen. Wir stellen fest, dass nicht landwirtschaftlich tätige lokale Lebensmittelbetriebe sich vornehmlich in den entlegensten und am dünnsten besiedelten Gebieten Schottlands konzentrieren. Landwirtschaftlich tätige Betriebe siedeln sich verstärkt um den zentralen Gürtel herum an, wobei Vieh- und Schaffleisch sowie Gartenbau- und Milchprodukte stark vertreten sind. Im britischen Regionalkontext liegt Schottland im Mittelfeld. Wir erörtern einige mögliche Einflüsse dieser Ergebnisse sowie ihre Auswirkung auf Forschung und Politik. Lokalen Lebensmittel, Geografie der Schottland Großbritannien Lebensmittel-Relok alisierung, Index der Alternative Lebensmittel-Netzwerke Watts D., Leat P. y Revoredo-Giha C. Actividad local de alimentos en Escocia: evidencia empírica y programa de investigación, Regional Studies . En este artículo examinamos la geografía de la actividad local de alimentos en Escocia y combinamos estos datos con cifras publicadas para Inglaterra y Gales a fin de calcular un índice de reubicación de alimentos para el Reino Unido. Observamos que las empresas alimentarias no agrícolas locales suelen concentrarse en las zonas más remotas de Escocia y con menor densidad de población. Las empresas agrícolas se agrupan en la región central y tienen una consolidada representación en carne de ganado y oveja así como productos hortícolas y lácteos. En el contexto regional británico, Escocia ocupa un lugar mediocre. En este artículo abordamos algunas posibles influencias de estos resultados y analizamos cómo repercuten en su investigación y la política. Alimentos locales, geografía de Escocia Gran Bretaña Reubicación alimentaria, índice de Redes alternativas de alimentación

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  • David Watts & Philip Leat & Cesar Revoredo-Giha, 2011. "Local Food Activity in Scotland: Empirical Evidence and Research Agenda," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 45(9), pages 1187-1205, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:45:y:2011:i:9:p:1187-1205
    DOI: 10.1080/00343400903380416

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    1. Revoredo-Giha, Cesar & Watts, D. & Leat, Philip M.K., 2010. "An analysis of Marketing Channels of Local Food in Scotland," 116th Seminar, October 27-30, 2010, Parma, Italy 95223, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Benedek, Zsófia & Balazs, Balint, 2014. "Regional differences in Hungary: the current stage of local food production at the county-level," 142nd Seminar, May 29-30, 2014, Budapest, Hungary 168925, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    3. Zsofia Benedek & Bálint Balazs, 2015. "Efficient support of short food supply chains in Hungary: a spatial analysis," IEHAS Discussion Papers 1551, Institute of Economics, Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

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