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Short supply food systems in the EU

European Parliament Research Service

From producers’ markets to basket delivery systems or community-supported agriculture, there is a great diversity of short food supply chains and local food systems in the EU. These have flourished in the last years as an alternative to conventional food chains. They usually offer better prices for consumers, help promote local economies and create jobs in the rural environment. This briefing of the European Parliamentary Research Service provides a good overview of the functioning, benefits and weaknesses of short-supply chains in Europe.