Title: A mountain food label for Europe? The role of food labelling and certification in delivering sustainable development in European Mountain Regions
Authors: MC MORRAN RobertSANTINI FabienGURI FATMIRGOMEZ Y PALOMA SergioPRICE MartinBEUCHERIE OlivierMONTICELLI ChristineROUBY AlexiaVITROLLES DelphineCLOYE Guillaume
Citation: REVUE DE GEOGRAPHIE ALPINE-JOURNAL OF ALPINE RESEARCH vol. 103 no. 4
Publisher: IGA-ASSOC DIFFUSION RECHERCHE ALPINE
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC89420
ISSN: 0035-1121
URI: http://rga.revues.org/2654
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC89420
DOI: 10.4000/rga.2654
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: Recent research has demonstrated significant demand for foods from Europe’s mountain areas; the production of these foods delivers significant positive externalities, despite producers facing greater constraints than their lowland equivalents. Existing markets often fail to account for these factors due to a lack of clear definition of mountain products. This research investigated the current and potential future role of food labelling and certification to support mountain food supply chains and sustainable mountain development, using expert/stakeholder interviews, spatial analysis, and email survey. Results demonstrate that existing EU Geographical Indication schemes are important for marketing mountain foods; however, they are less suitable for small-scale producers. National schemes for certifying mountain products have limited effectiveness, although considerable scope for enhancement exists. Recent EU legislation defining mountain products represents a considerable opportunity; however, challenges and potential trade-offs remain regarding the development of criteria on the location of supply chain stages and environmental factors, certification and control methods, and definition of mountain areas.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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