Access to healthy food and the introduction of sustainable nutrition practices are two important issues today. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to food security but it has also provided opportunities for local food production. The discussion on local food has been gaining attention in recent years, but there is still a lack of clear understanding of the term ‘local food’ in the literature. The relationship between local food and sustainability issues is still unclear and has various connotations. This discordance leads to further discussions on whether buying local food should be considered a sustainable behavior and whether consumer preference for local food can be perceived as a sustainable practice. A scoping literature review was conducted in order to fill this gap and to shed light on the main tendencies of the scientific literature regarding this topic. The outcomes of the research revealed three dimensions of ‘local food’ definitions in the literature: geographical, geopolitical, and organic; while the problem of a unified local food definition remains open. The studied literature did not show any sound evidence for sustainability attributes in the definition of local food and consumer perception of local food.

Is buying local food a sustainable practice? A scoping review of consumers’ preference for local food / Cappelli, Lucio; D'Ascenzo, Fabrizio; Ruggieri, Roberto; Gorelova, Irina. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - (2022).

Is buying local food a sustainable practice? A scoping review of consumers’ preference for local food

Fabrizio D'Ascenzo;Roberto Ruggieri;Irina Gorelova
2022

Abstract

Access to healthy food and the introduction of sustainable nutrition practices are two important issues today. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges to food security but it has also provided opportunities for local food production. The discussion on local food has been gaining attention in recent years, but there is still a lack of clear understanding of the term ‘local food’ in the literature. The relationship between local food and sustainability issues is still unclear and has various connotations. This discordance leads to further discussions on whether buying local food should be considered a sustainable behavior and whether consumer preference for local food can be perceived as a sustainable practice. A scoping literature review was conducted in order to fill this gap and to shed light on the main tendencies of the scientific literature regarding this topic. The outcomes of the research revealed three dimensions of ‘local food’ definitions in the literature: geographical, geopolitical, and organic; while the problem of a unified local food definition remains open. The studied literature did not show any sound evidence for sustainability attributes in the definition of local food and consumer perception of local food.
2022
local food; local food definition; sustainable lifestyle; consumer preferences; scoping review
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Is buying local food a sustainable practice? A scoping review of consumers’ preference for local food / Cappelli, Lucio; D'Ascenzo, Fabrizio; Ruggieri, Roberto; Gorelova, Irina. - In: SUSTAINABILITY. - ISSN 2071-1050. - (2022).
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