Food system coordination
Leon Garoyan, University of California
California Agriculture 29(4):4-6. DOI: 10.3733/ca.v029n04p4.
Leon, Garoyan is Economist, Cooperative Extension, University of California, Davis.
Abstract Not Available – First paragraph follows:
Investments in the U.S. food and fiber system from production through final sales are so large that few of the individuals and firms comprising it can afford to leave their destiny to chance or individual whims. Large-scale retailers and food service firms require consistent supplies at predictably uniform prices, as do the food manufacturing firms that supply them. Moreover, individual farmers with large capital investments cannot gamble on future market outlets.