Title: Do short food supply chains go hand in hand with environment-friendly practices? An analysis of French farms

Authors: Magali Aubert; Geoffroy Enjolras

Addresses: UMR 1110 MOISA, INRA-Montpellier Supagro, 2 place Viala, 34060 Montpellier Cedex 2, France ' FRE 3748 CERAG, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, Domaine universitaire, B.P. 47, 38040 Grenoble Cedex 9, France

Abstract: This article deals with the presumed relationship between environment-friendly practices, such as organic farming, and the adoption of short food supply chains at farm level. These two patterns of production and distribution appear to be linked because they meet the consumers' expectations in terms of quality and proximity. Calling on the literature, we formulate hypotheses regarding the combined adoption of organic farming and short food supply chains. An econometric model with simultaneous equations measures the close link between the environmental quality of production and vertical integration. The data are drawn from the 2010 census of French farms which provides a full overview of practices implemented by producers. Particular attention is paid to wine-growing and arboriculture which correspond to farms most concerned by organic farming. The results show that when a farmer practises organic farming, the farm becomes integrated and conversely when a farm is integrated, the farmer is likely to adopt organic farming.

Keywords: organic farming; short supply chains; food supply chains; French farms; France; agriculture; supply chain management; SCM; environment-friendly practices; econometric modelling; environmental quality; vertical integration; wine growing; arboriculture.

DOI: 10.1504/IJARGE.2016.076932

International Journal of Agricultural Resources, Governance and Ecology, 2016 Vol.12 No.2, pp.189 - 213

Accepted: 03 Apr 2016
Published online: 01 Jun 2016 *

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