The market impacts of shortening feed supply chains in Europe
Andre Deppermann (),
Joost Vervoort and
Erik Mathijs ()
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Andre Deppermann: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Petr Havlík: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Esther Boere: International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Mario Herrero: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, Agriculture and Food
Joost Vervoort: Utrecht University
Food Security: The Science, Sociology and Economics of Food Production and Access to Food, 2018, vol. 10, issue 6, No 9, 1410 pages
Abstract Recently, consumers’ awareness regarding food production has increased, leading to a growing focus on shorter food supply chains and regional or local food systems. In the livestock sector, these developments are closely related to a regionalization of feed production. At the same time, a low self-sufficiency rate in protein feed is being reported for many European countries. In this paper, we analyze market impacts resulting from a complete switch to regionally produced feed in the European livestock sector. We simulate a shortening of feed supply chains in European livestock production using a large-scale agricultural sector model. Livestock production was restricted to feed that can be produced within the same EU member state. Our work represents a first step towards a simulation of regional or local food systems. The results reveal large increases in the prices of livestock products in Europe due to the shortening of feed supply chains. This is a result of a significant increase in livestock production costs. The ability to supply livestock products with regionally produced feed in the EU would be improved through a reduced consumption of livestock products.
Keywords: Regional feed supply; Agricultural sector model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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