The Hidden Benefits of Short Food Supply Chains: Farmers’ Markets Density and Body Mass Index in Italy

F. Bimbo, Alessandro Bonanno, R. Viscecchia, G. Nardone

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Abstract

As more farmers adopt short distribution channels, consumers may benefit from them insofar as they increase access to healthier food options. This may lead to potential societal benefits via a reduction in obesity rates. The relationship between the presence of farmers’ markets and adult Italians’ Body Mass Index (BMI) was assessed by applying quantile regression on a cross-sectional, individual-level database, matched with regional farmers’ markets density figures. Findings illustrate that for most adult Italians, a higher density of farmers’ markets is associated with lower BMIs and that this relationship becomes more marked for individuals with higher BMIs facing limited supermarket access.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-16
JournalInternational Food and Agribusiness Management Review
Volume18
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2015

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