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Sustainability of European Food Quality Schemes

Multi-Performance, Structure, and Governance of PDO, PGI, and Organic Agri-Food Systems

Editors: Arfini, Filippo, Bellassen, Valentin (Eds.)

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  • Provides a succinct description of the value chain, the governance, and the technical specifications of 27 FQS in Europe 
  • Editors undertake a sustainability assessment of each examined FQS and consider whether FQS are moving from "quality" to "sustainability" 
  • Provides a repository of raw data on FQS that readers can then use to conduct novel analysis
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This edited volume evaluates recent EU quality policy, focusing on the structure, governance, technical specifications and performances – economic, environmental and social – of Food Quality Schemes (FQS) in the European Union and South East Asia. The intended benefits of FQS include generating a fair return for farmers and producers, and enabling consumers to make better‐informed purchasing choices through effective labeling. In addition, policy makers now consider FQS as a means of guaranteeing not only quality in food production, but also sustainability.  

Despite these potential benefits, the economic performance of the FQS (e.g. PDO, PGI, organic) has been variable. While some support significant value‐added production, with substantial benefits to producers, consumers and wider economies, many others have failed to become economically sustainable. In addition, the environmental and social performance of FQS remains largely unexamined, with the exception of the environmental performance of organic products.

The editors examine these discrepancies and offer a nuanced evaluation of the effectiveness of such policies. Several unique features make this volume a key resource for those interested in FQS and in the sustainability of food products. The editors provide a concise description of the value chain, the governance and the technical specifications of 27 FQS in Europe and South East Asia. The editors also provide a sustainability assessment of each of these FQS, and support or question the view that FQS are moving from “quality” to “sustainability.” Finally, the volume serves as a repository of key data on these FQS. Readers have access to the raw data necessary to compute the indicators used in the sustainability assessment (eg. value added, number of jobs, quantity of fertilizers, etc), allowing them to conduct novel re-analysis. 

The book is designed for an interdisciplinary audience of academics, policy makers, and stakeholders. The compilation of FQS case studies makes it a useful reference for researchers and students of food policy, geography, food anthropology, local and rural development, local agri-food systems and agri-food chains.  Stakeholders such as national and European regulators, entities responsible for FQS technical specifications, and embassy staff will also find the information relevant. Additionally, individuals helping to implement food quality schemes, including auditors, producers, and consumer associates, as well as stakeholders in the sustainability of food products, including farmers, farmer's associations, and environmental NGOs, will also find the information relevant and important for their work.

About the authors

Filippo Arfini is a Full Professor at the Department of Economics and Management Science at the University of Parma in Parma, Italy.

Valentin Bellassen is a junior scientist at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) in Dijon, France.


Table of contents (28 chapters)

Table of contents (28 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook 101,14 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-27508-2
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 119,99 €
price for Korea, Republic of (South Korea) (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-030-27507-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Sustainability of European Food Quality Schemes
Book Subtitle
Multi-Performance, Structure, and Governance of PDO, PGI, and Organic Agri-Food Systems
Editors
  • Filippo Arfini
  • Valentin Bellassen
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27508-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27508-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27507-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 567
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 158 illustrations in colour
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