Does Local Production Come at the Expense of Food Safety?
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.
Locavore, economies of scale, increasing returns to scale, contamination, food recall, firm size
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.