Local or global food markets: a comparison of energy use for transport
2006 (English)In: Local Environment: the International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, ISSN 1354-9839, E-ISSN 1469-6711, Vol. 11, no 2, 233-251 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study compares energy use for food transport to a farmers' market in Sweden with energy use for transport in the conventional food system. The farmers' market was investigated through data sampling from on-site investigations. The conventional food system was studied with the aid of life cycle assessments reported in the literature. Overall, the study found no significant differences in levels of energy use for transport to the farmers' market compared with the conventional food system. For certain products, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, transport-related energy use was much lower in the local system although the season in Sweden for this kind of product is restricted to two or three months at the end of the summer. However, there is considerable potential to increase energy efficiency in local food systems by organizing the selling in new ways and by using more energy efficient vehicles.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 11, no 2, 233-251 p.
food market, transportation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-9301DOI: 10.1080/13549830600558598ScopusID: 2-s2.0-33645544312OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-9301DiVA: diva2:54612
QC 201011252008-10-172008-10-172010-11-25Bibliographically approved