Does Local Production Come at the Expense of Food Safety?

Sexton, Steven

from ARE Update Vol. 16, No. 1, Sep/Oct, 2012

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Abstract

This article considers the implications for food safety of growing reliance on local food production. Higher costs to regulators from less-concentrated markets and the incentives of firms and retailers suggest that the level of food safety provision is likely to fall, and the costs of providing it are likely to rise.

Keywords

Locavore, economies of scale, increasing returns to scale, contamination, food recall, firm size

Citation

Sexton, Steven. "Does Local Production Come at the Expense of Food Safety?" ARE Update 16(1)(2012):9-11. University of California Giannini Foundation of Agricultural Economics.
http://giannini.ucop.edu/publications/are-update/issues/2012/16/1/local-production-food-saf/