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Linking sustainable practices throughout Europe

Eating from the Farm: the social, environmental, and economic benefits of local food systems

Rural topic(s): Local food Chains

Type: case study

Date of publication: April 1, 2015

Organization(s): URGENCI (Urban - Rural Network: Generating new forms of Exchange between CItizens)


This booklet features five case studies which illustrate different ways in which communities, food producers and consumers are finding more sustainable ways to produce and consume food with benefits for all in different parts of Europe. The methods vary, but the outcomes are the same: control of the food system is being taken back by small-scale, sustainable farms and food enterprises from large-scale industrial businesses that dominate the market today putting profit ahead of well-being for people and planet.



Scale of intervention : European

Keywords: community supported agriculture - CSA, rural-urban relationship, farmer’s market

Places: Europe, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany

Actors: farmer, CSA (Community Supported agriculture), consumer, citizen, local community