Solidarity Purchasing Groups in Italy: A critical assessment of their effects on the marginalisation of their suppliers.

Lara Ivana Maestripieri, Toa Giroletti & Antonello Podda
Over the last twenty years, Alternative Food Networks (AFN) have become increasingly successful at reducing the length of the chain that connects food production and consumption in an attempt to counteract the impact of the contradictions of the industrial food system and its supermarket-dominated distribution. Their grassroots actions, aimed at overcoming pre-existing socio-economic structures, are in line with social innovations, which have the objective of promoting the social participation of consumers and producers in food...
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