The market impacts of shortening feed supply chains in Europe

Deppermann, A., Havlik, P. ORCID:, Valin, H. ORCID:, Boere, E., Herrero, M., Vervoort, J., & Mathijs, E. (2018). The market impacts of shortening feed supply chains in Europe. Food Security 10 (6) 1401-1410. 10.1007/s12571-018-0868-2.

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Project: Assessment of the impact of drivers of change on Europe's food and nutrition security (TRANSMANGO, FP7 613532), GLOBIOM


Recently, consumers’ awareness regarding food production has increased, leading to a growing focus on shorter food supply chains and regional or local food systems. In the livestock sector, these developments are closely related to a regionalization of feed production. At the same time, a low self-sufficiency rate in protein feed is being reported for many European countries. In this paper, we analyze market impacts resulting from a complete switch to regionally produced feed in the European livestock sector. We simulate a shortening of feed supply chains in European livestock production using a large-scale agricultural sector model. Livestock production was restricted to feed that can be produced within the same EU member state. Our work represents a first step towards a simulation of regional or local food systems. The results reveal large increases in the prices of livestock products in Europe due to the shortening of feed supply chains. This is a result of a significant increase in livestock production costs. The ability to supply livestock products with regionally produced feed in the EU would be improved through a reduced consumption of livestock products.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Regional feed supply; Agricultural sector model
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2018 07:13
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:31

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