Do short food supply chains go hand in hand with environment-friendly practices?

This article deals with the presumed relationship between environment-friendly practices, such as organic farming, and the adoption of short food supply chains (SFSC) at farm level because they meet the consumers’ expectations in terms of quality and proximity. Calling on the literature, we formulate hypotheses about the close link between the environmental quality of production and vertical integration. They are tested using an econometric model with simultaneous equations considering the 2010 census of French farms which provides a full overview of strategies implemented by producers. We focus the analysis on wine-growing and arboriculture which correspond to farms most concerned by organic farming. The results show that when a farmer practices organic farming, the farm becomes integrated and conversely when a farm is integrated, the farmer is likely to adopt organic farming. This complementarity of producers’ choices offers certain perspectives for the improvement of SFSC while considering environment-friendly practices.

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