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Sustainability 2017, 9(11), 1981; doi:10.3390/su9111981

Confusion and Misunderstanding—Interpretations and Definitions of Local Food

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Department of Urban and Rural Development, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7012, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Centre for Rural Economy, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU, UK
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Department of Food Sciences, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, P.O. Box 7012, SE-750 07 Uppsala, Sweden
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Received: 1 September 2017 / Revised: 19 October 2017 / Accepted: 19 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Agriculture and Development)
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Abstract

Developing a more resilient food system based on sustainable food production and consumption is of major concern in creating food security. One issue in this complex field concerns the scale of the food system. Trends and tendencies show that the interest for local food has increased the last decade in Sweden, as well as in other parts of the world. Although the concept “local food” is commonly used, research shows that there is no single definition of it, instead definitions and meanings vary widely. This has led to a need by consumers of clearer information when buying “local food”. Several main actors in the Swedish food sector have joined forces to meet this issue. This paper contributes to knowledge on definitions, interpretations, and practice on local food by presenting views and opinions among different actors in the food chain in a Swedish context, but also in the light of an international pilot study. Main findings concern how the meaning of “local food” related to production, processing, raw material, and distance differs among stakeholders in the food chain. A majority stated that the basic meaning of “local food” concerns both the production and consumption within a certain geographical area. View Full-Text
Keywords: local food; sustainable food; definitions local food; interpretations local food local food; sustainable food; definitions local food; interpretations local food
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Granvik, M.; Joosse, S.; Hunt, A.; Hallberg, I. Confusion and Misunderstanding—Interpretations and Definitions of Local Food. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1981.

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