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Alternative Food Networks

An Interdisciplinary Assessment

  • Alessandro Corsi
  • Filippo Barbera
  • Egidio Dansero
  • Cristiana Peano

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Egidio Dansero, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 3-8
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Egidio Dansero, Giovanni Orlando, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 9-46
  3. AFNs from the Consumers’ Viewpoint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Filippo Barbera, Alessandro Corsi, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 49-55
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Silvia Novelli
      Pages 57-86
    4. Filippo Barbera, Joselle Dagnes, Roberto Di Monaco
      Pages 87-117
  4. AFNs from the Producers’ Viewpoint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Silvia Novelli
      Pages 165-172
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Silvia Novelli, Giacomo Pettenati
      Pages 173-196
    4. Filippo Barbera, Joselle Dagnes, Roberto Di Monaco
      Pages 215-243
  5. Environment, Territory, and AFNs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Egidio Dansero, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 247-250
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Egidio Dansero, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 305-321
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 323-325

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) have been a key issue both in the scientific community and in public debates. This is due to their profound implications for rural development, local sustainability, and bio-economics. This edited collection discusses what the main determinants of the participation of operators – both consumers and producers – in AFNs are, what the conditions for their sustainability are, what their social and environmental effects are, and how they are distributed geographically. Further discussions include the effect of AFNs in structuring the food chain and how AFNs can be successfully scaled up.

The authors explicitly take an interdisciplinary approach to analyse AFNs from different perspectives, using as an example the Italian region of Piedmont, a particularly interesting case study due to the diffusion of AFNs in the area, as well as due to the fact that it was in this region that the ‘Slow Food’ movement originated.

Alessandro Corsi is Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Turin, Italy.

Filippo Barbera is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Turin, Italy and Affiliate of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy.

Egidio Dansero is Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the University of Turin, Italy.  

Cristiana Peano is Associate Professor of Arboriculture at the University of Turin, Italy.


Keywords

Alternative Food Networks Marketing chains Farmers' markets Bio-economics Local sustainability Agricultural economics Environmental economics Geographical distribution of alternative food networks Social effects of alternative food networks Environmental effects of alternative food networks Economic geography Monetary determinants Non-monetary determinants Alternative, conventional and high-quality food chains Economic sustainability of Solidarity Purchasing Groups Environmental sustainability of alternative food networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Corsi
    • 1
  • Filippo Barbera
    • 2
  • Egidio Dansero
    • 3
  • Cristiana Peano
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”University of TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cultures, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Cultures, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food SciencesUniversity of TorinoGrugliasco (TO)Italy

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-90409-2
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90408-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90409-2
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