Short food supply chains involve very few intermediaries. In many cases produce only travels a short distance, so producer and consumer can actually talk to each other...
Such supply chains typically involve local producers working together to promote local food markets. These partnerships help boost the rural economy, creating new ways of selling local produce and attracting new types of customer. They also foster cooperation between local farms, the tourist industry and the food sector.
Buying locally produced food also supports sustainable development by reducing
- transport costs
- CO2 emissions
- wear and tear on rural roads
- traffic congestion, and
- road accidents.
For more information see the 2013 study on 'Short Food Supply Chains and Local Food Systems in the EU. A State of Play of their Socio-Economic Characteristics'.