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Alternative Food Networks

An Interdisciplinary Assessment

  • Alessandro Corsi
  • Filippo Barbera
  • Egidio Dansero
  • Cristiana Peano

Benefits

  • Discusses the prospects for the development of AFNs

  • Takes an empirical and analytical approach in understanding the growth of AFNs

  • Examines the sustainability of AFNs

Book

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Introductions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Egidio Dansero, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 3-8
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Egidio Dansero, Giovanni Orlando, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 9-46
  3. AFNs from the Consumers’ Viewpoint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 47-47
    2. Filippo Barbera, Alessandro Corsi, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 49-55
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Silvia Novelli
      Pages 57-86
    4. Filippo Barbera, Joselle Dagnes, Roberto Di Monaco
      Pages 87-117
  4. AFNs from the Producers’ Viewpoint

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Filippo Barbera, Silvia Novelli
      Pages 165-172
    3. Alessandro Corsi, Silvia Novelli, Giacomo Pettenati
      Pages 173-196
    4. Filippo Barbera, Joselle Dagnes, Roberto Di Monaco
      Pages 215-243
  5. Environment, Territory, and AFNs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 245-245
    2. Alessandro Corsi, Egidio Dansero, Cristiana Peano
      Pages 247-250
  6. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303

About this book

Introduction

In recent years, Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) have been a key issue both in the scientific community and in public debates. This is due to their profound implications for rural development, local sustainability, and bio-economics. This edited collection discusses what the main determinants of the participation of operators – both consumers and producers – in AFNs are, what the conditions for their sustainability are, what their social and environmental effects are, and how they are distributed geographically. Further discussions include the effect of AFNs in structuring the food chain and how AFNs can be successfully scaled up.

The authors explicitly take an interdisciplinary approach to analyse AFNs from different perspectives, using as an example the Italian region of Piedmont, a particularly interesting case study due to the diffusion of AFNs in the area, as well as due to the fact that it was in this region that the ‘Slow Food’ movement originated.

Alessandro Corsi is Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Turin, Italy.

Filippo Barbera is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Turin, Italy and Affiliate of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy.

Egidio Dansero is Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the University of Turin, Italy.  

Cristiana Peano is Associate Professor of Arboriculture at the University of Turin, Italy.


Keywords

Alternative Food Networks Marketing chains Farmers' markets Bio-economics Local sustainability Agricultural economics Environmental economics Geographical distribution of alternative food networks Social effects of alternative food networks Environmental effects of alternative food networks Economic geography Monetary determinants Non-monetary determinants Alternative, conventional and high-quality food chains Economic sustainability of Solidarity Purchasing Groups Environmental sustainability of alternative food networks

Editors and affiliations

  • Alessandro Corsi
    • 1
  • Filippo Barbera
    • 2
  • Egidio Dansero
    • 3
  • Cristiana Peano
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Economics and Statistics “Cognetti de Martiis”University of TorinoTorinoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cultures, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  3. 3.Department of Cultures, Politics and SocietyUniversity of TorinoTorinoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food SciencesUniversity of TorinoGrugliasco (TO)Italy

About the editors

Alessandro Corsi is Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics at the University of Turin, Italy.

Filippo Barbera is Associate Professor of Economic Sociology at the University of Turin, Italy and Affiliate of the Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy.

Egidio Dansero is Professor of Political and Economic Geography at the University of Turin, Italy.  

Cristiana Peano is Associate Professor of Arboriculture at the University of Turin, Italy.


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Reviews

“Alternative Food Networks (AFNs) have now been an object of interest for scholars for almost twenty years. This book, which studies AFNs in one of the regions where the movement had one of its earliest origins, provides a timely reflection on what they mean today, what their connection with the broader food system is and what they have the potential to become.” (Professor Gianluca Brunori, University of Pisa, Italy)

“This gem of a book argues that we need to move away from nouns and adjectives—e.g., local, fresh, quality, and healthy—when valorising AFNs and redirect the discussion toward what these practices engender.  The book offers a rich empirical grounding for helping us think through the type of food futures we want to make possible.  It is not enough to make food affordable and accessible. We equally need to think about the type of individuals and communities our foodscapes create. The goal: to foster those networks with the potential to afford empathetic food citizens.” (Michael S. Carolan, Colorado State University, USA)

“In contrast to the popular discourse around AFNs – which treats them as a wholly benign phenomenon – this book offers a new and highly sophisticated treatment, revealing them to be far more complex and heterogeneous than conventional wisdom suggests they are. Drawing on robust empirical analysis of a diverse range of food institutions the authors show that due to the diversity of consumer preferences and the relevance of personal relationships, the concept of ‘alternativeness’ needs to be understood as a continuum rather than a binary. This book is in the great traditional of moral economy studies, where food is viewed and valued as something more than a mere commodity.” (Kevin Morgan, Cardiff University, UK)