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Sustainability, Innovation and Rural Development: The Case of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO

Department of Economics and Management, University of Parma, Parma 43125, Italy
Department of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Tuscia, Viterbo 01100, Italy
Department of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Environmental Sustainability, University of Parma, Parma 43125, Italy
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Sustainability 2019, 11(18), 4978;
Received: 2 July 2019 / Revised: 1 September 2019 / Accepted: 4 September 2019 / Published: 12 September 2019
Sustainability is becoming a pivotal guide for driving the governance strategies of value chains. Sustainable policy should have as its objective the perpetuation of production models over time to maintain its environmental, economic and social dimensions. Therefore, measuring the sustainability of a production system is fundamental to deepening the understanding of ongoing trends, considering the pressure exerted by agricultural policies, market dynamics and innovations introduced in the production system. The purpose of this paper is to present a holistic framework for assessing the sustainability of food quality schemes (FQS), including the role of both stakeholders within the value chain, and the territorial dimension. This paper discusses the use of dimensional indicators and proposes synthetic indexes to provide an overall picture of the evolution of sustainability of a specific production system. Particularly, the evolution of sustainability in the Parmigiano Reggiano Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) production system is evaluated over the period 2000-2018. It is assumed that its evolution is due to the effect of 20 years of innovations which have impacted on product quality, value chain performance and rural development, modifying the sustainability of the whole production system. View Full-Text
Keywords: innovation; local agri-food system; rural development; sustainability innovation; local agri-food system; rural development; sustainability
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Arfini, F.; Antonioli, F.; Cozzi, E.; Donati, M.; Guareschi, M.; Mancini, M.C.; Veneziani, M. Sustainability, Innovation and Rural Development: The Case of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO. Sustainability 2019, 11, 4978.

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