Summary: Topical Lunch Summary
Conventional versus Local Supply Chains for Fruits and Vegetables: A Comparative Study of
Environmental, Nutritional and Economic Issues
Topical Lunch Summary
March 13, 2009
Attendees: Helene Schember, Anurag Agrawal, Frank DiSalvo, Louise Buck, Daniel Welch, Vithala
Rao, Lori Bushway, Christian Peters, Jonathan Russell-Anelli, Phillip McMichael, Anusuya Rangarajan,
Olivia Hall, Dan Brown, Laurie Drinkwater, Mike Timmons, Ariel Bleth, Joe Francis, Ardyth Gillespie, ,
Judith Green, Miguel L. Gomez (host), Oliver Gao (host), Dennis Miller (host), Bradley Rickard (host).
The objective was to discuss our project in the broader context of sustainable supply chains. We had two
Receive feedback from academics outside our disciplines on developing a framework to assess the
sustainability of food supply chains
Potential for expanding the scope of our initiative toward the creation of an institute for sustainable
food systems research at Cornell.
We started by describing our approach, which focuses on assessing sustainability of food supply chains
from three perspectives: economics, nutrition and the environment. We identified other three Cornell
groups are working on related initiatives and discovered the following synergies:
Our project offers a rigorous quantitative modeling approach to assess performance of food supply
chains on key sustainability dimensions (economics, nutrition and engineering).