THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Essential Principles of Sustainable Food Value Chains


  • John Ikerd University of Missouri, Columbia



Column, Value Chains, Sustainability, Triple Bottom Line


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Values-based food chains include alliances of various types among farmers, processors, distributors, and other participants in food production and distribution. "Food value chains" are distinguished from conventional "food supply chains" in that relationships among participants are not solely, or even primarily, economic. Ironically, the formation of value chains is typically motivated by a quest for greater economic efficiency in the production and distribution of sustainably produced foods. However, economic efficiency cannot be allowed to take priority over the essential ecological, social, and economic principles of sustainability....


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Author Biography

John Ikerd, University of Missouri, Columbia

John Ikerd is professor emeritus of agricultural economics, University of Missouri, Columbia. He received his BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri. He worked in private industry for a time and spent 30 years in various professorial positions at North Carolina State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Georgia, and the University of Missouri before retiring in 2000. Since retiring, he spends most of his time writing and speaking on issues related to sustainability with an emphasis on economics and agriculture.
John Ikerd



How to Cite

Ikerd, J. (2011). THE ECONOMIC PAMPHLETEER: Essential Principles of Sustainable Food Value Chains. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 15–17.

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