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Quality Labels as Drivers of Peri-Urban Livestock Systems Resilience

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Department of Health, Animal Science and Food Safety, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Celoria, 10, 20133 Milano, Italy
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INRAE & AgroParisTech, UMR Territoires, 63000 Clermont-Ferrand, France
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Institute of Life Sciences, Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Piazza Martiri della Libertà 1, 56127 Pisa, Italy
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InTerACT (UP 2018.C102), UniLaSalle, 19, rue Pierre Waguet, 60026 Beauvais, France
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Land 2020, 9(7), 211; https://doi.org/10.3390/land9070211
Received: 15 May 2020 / Revised: 19 June 2020 / Accepted: 22 June 2020 / Published: 30 June 2020
Livestock farming systems have an important role in the territorial systems of the Mediterranean, but in the last twenty years the sector has undergone serious changes with an important decrease in the number of farms. The purpose of this study is to show the contribution of a local food certification to the resilience of peri-urban livestock farming system and of its food supply chain at territorial level. The focus is on the “Carne Bovina di Pisa” project, a private label promoted by the local livestock producers’ association, with the purpose of preserving biodiversity and provide farmers with an opportunity to strengthen their local marketing power. The case study is the peri-urban area of Pisa (Tuscany, Italy), representative of the urbanized Mediterranean coastal plains with high urban pressure on agricultural land and increasing agricultural abandonment in the peri-urban area. The analysis is based on the qualitative analysis of interviews to stakeholders and the quantitative figures about the changes in livestock system. Results show that the label has positively sustained both the resilience of farming systems and the local food supply chains. View Full-Text
Keywords: localized agro-food systems; peri-urban farm; cattle farm; Italy localized agro-food systems; peri-urban farm; cattle farm; Italy
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Filippini, R.; Gennai-Schott, S.; Sabbatini, T.; Lardon, S.; Marraccini, E. Quality Labels as Drivers of Peri-Urban Livestock Systems Resilience. Land 2020, 9, 211.

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