Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

Re-localising the food chain: the role of creative public procurement

Morgan, Kevin John and Morley, Adrian 2002. Re-localising the food chain: the role of creative public procurement. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff Regeneration Institute, Cardiff University. Available at:

PDF - Published Version
Download (387kB) | Preview


The conventional food chain presents a challenge to sustainable development, containing hidden costs such as health bills, environmental damage and economic costs to the rural economy. This report argues for the development of local food chains, which would bring the 'multiple dividend' of healthier diets, local markets for local producers, lower food miles and better understanding between producers and consumers. Barriers to the growth of local food chains include EU procurement regulations and UK local government legislation that prohibit explicit 'buy local' policies, health auditing conventions which neglect the health gains of nutritious food; catering cultures that are biased to a few large firms; tendering procedures that are too complex for small suppliers; and lack of logistical and marketing capacity on the part of local producers. Schools and hospitals should be the focus for a concerted local food campaign in the UK. A local food action plan is required to reform the regulatory regime, balance demand and supply, and make it easier for consumers, especially parents and children, to buy nutritious local food, including organic food.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Centre for Business Relationships, Accountability, Sustainability and Society (BRASS)
Regeneration Institute
Geography and Planning (GEOPL)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TX Home economics
Publisher: Cardiff Regeneration Institute, Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2019 09:09

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics