A short food supply chain is created when producers and final consumers realize they share the same goals, which can be achieved by creating new opportunities that strengthen local food networks. It is an alternative strategy enabling producers to regain an active role in the food system, as it focuses on local production - decentralized regional food systems that minimize the number of steps involved and the distance traveled by food (food miles).
This enables small-scale enterprises to establish food supply chains that are ‘independent' of the wider system. By cutting out some of the intermediary stages between producers and consumers - such as wholesale and distribution - we can rediscover our local area and essential parts of its identity, as well as forge a new relationship between the agricultural and urban worlds.
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