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Feeding the cities and greenhouse gas emissions: a new economic geography approach

Stéphane De Cara (), Anne Fournier and Carl Gaigne

No 182678, 2014 International Congress, August 26-29, 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia from European Association of Agricultural Economists

Abstract: ’Buying local food’ is sometimes advocated as a means of reducing the ’carbon footprint’ of food products. This statement overlooks the trade-off between inter- and intra-regional food transportation. We investigate this issue by using an m-region, new economic geography model. The spatial distribution of food production within and between regions is endogenously determined. We exhibit cases where locating a significant share of the food production in the least-urbanized regions results in lower transport-related emissions than in configurations where all regions are self-sufficient. The welfare-maximizing allocation of food production does not exclude the possibility that some regions should be self-sufficient, provided their urban population sizes are neither too large nor too small.

Keywords: Environmental; Economics; and; Policy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2014-08
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Working Paper: Feeding the Cities and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A New Economic Geography Approach (2014)
Working Paper: Feeding the Cities and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A New Economic Geography Approach (2014)
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