giovedì 25 ottobre 2012

Urban Food Miles in Paris: a bateau on the Seine

In Paris, retailers have a new goal: to be the most sustainable on urban food (let's say goods) transport.
Monoprix has been the first, implementing the rail service in Paris Bercy station. Everyday a 17 wagon train carries 750 pallets in the depot, then 26 CNG trucks start to deliver pallets to the 90 supermarkets in region parisienne.  
In September 2012, Franprix took up the challenge and launched an ambitious transfer of its container traffic from road to waterways, finding a different way to deliver dry and general products to its supermarkets. In partnership with Norbert Dentrassangle (transport operator), the retailer made an emblematic choice for the city: freight transport on the Seine. Obviously, the last mile is by road, and, similar to their competitors, they preferred CNG trucks.
In both cases, the implication of public authorities is decisive. Moreover the retailers groups are willing to cover the additional operating and investment costs
Just a doubt. Perishable goods are excluded from the experiments, but they actually represent large volumes in urban food movements. Soon or later, there will be interest in investing for refrigerated wagons and refers?


giovedì 16 giugno 2011

Big city -> big hunger

Our cities are facing tremendous growth: almost 80% of European population lives in urban areas...and these people need food. everyday. How to guarantee enough food? how to assure food security and accessibility? A key point is the food retail distribution and logistics. Delivering products to food outlets in highly congested urban areas become is not an easy task. Providing the right quantity at the righ moment in the right place can be hard and expensive- due to traffic restrictions, congestion, shop requirements...London has some new solutions about urban food transport. If you are curious, read here pag. 12

lunedì 24 gennaio 2011

Urban food and renewed wholesale market

Interest in enhancing agro-food systems sustainability is rising among public opinion and policymakers in the global north, as a response to burgeoning prices for basic foodstuffs and growing concerns about the food security and the food system effects on climate change. With the expression of “new food equation”, Morgan and Sonnino identify the current transition of the capitalistic agro-food regime towards a food chain system able to respond to the emerging environmental, social and economic challenges. In this process, cities play a crucial role in defining and adopting ecological and political strategies, including “a food policy dimension into existing urban plans (for health, education, transport and climate change for example)” (Morgan, 2010).
The contemporary urban food planning is more than just reduce food insecurity and implement “feed the city” policies: it deals with fostering individual and communal health, creating new economic opportunities for small farmers and retailers, enhancing environmental friendly programs at urban and peri-urban level.
A good way to approach the urban food planning can be start "new programs" with "old actors", i.e. wholesale produce markets (WPM). The wholesale market are relevant players in an efficient food distribution pipeline and -thanks to the strategic urban location and specific skill in logistics for perishable goods - the WPM become the urban distribution center providing efficient food deliveries.

So old fashionated concepts start new sustainable trend.

mercoledì 3 novembre 2010

Italian Food Waste

October 30, presented in Bologna the report about the food waste in the Italian agro-food system.
The italian system, like other food systems in the 'developed' countries, suffers inefficiencies and generates surpluses all along the food chain: production, processing industries, wholesalers and retailers. And consumers too, we all contribute to the waste of food.
The study identifies the quantities of food discarded for the market barriers: this food is still edible but it ends in the landfill for aesthetic imperfections, or because they are mislabeled, discontinued, close to the expiration date.
20.290.767 tons of wasted food in one year in Italian the agro-food system 44.472.914 people can be feed in one year with the discarded foodThe report is written by Andrea Segrè, Luca Falasconi, Alessandro Politano, Anastasia Scotto & Eleonora Morganti.
At the end of the conference free lunch for 500 people, lasagne made with rescued vegetables... Yummy!

mercoledì 13 ottobre 2010

are we ready for this carrot?

I have the feeling that more and more people are ready for the bad-looking carrot. Maybe now we have clear in mind something that we always knew: good looking doesn't mean delicious.
Or maybe now we are more hungry and we pay less attention to the appareance.

So...who's going to eat this carrot? San Francisco, Portland, London, Belo Horizonte, Rome ... These are the first cities which are looking for alternative food supply chains, for renewed commercial rural-urban exhanges, for social interactions among who use the fork and who use the pitchfork.

In the past years, we started supporting farmer's market, community supported agriculture, urban agriculture, organic and quality products. But the time is ripe for something more incisive - ripe, incisive... we're talking about food, indeed :-P

So what's the next? I'm thinking about this. I would say FOOD HUB