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The local food sector: A preliminary assessment of its form and impact in Gloucestershire
- Morris, Carol, Buller, Henry
- British food journal 2003 v.105 no.8 pp. 559-566
- farmers, food chain, food industry, food production, interviews, marketing, public policy
- "Local food" is attracting considerable policy and public interest, but evidence is lacking about the emerging contours of the local food sector. This paper offers a preliminary assessment of the local food sector in the county of Gloucestershire. Based on interviews with farmers and retailers, it investigates the scope of local food production in the county, assesses the nature of the local food chain and considers the potential of local food production and marketing for adding value for the various actors in the chain, from producer to retailer. Questions are raised in the conclusion about the coherence and sustainability of the local food sector in the county given the differences in the ways in which producers and retailers construct "local" and some unintended consequences of the efforts to promote local food.