Sustainability entrepreneurship to address large distances in international food supply

Hanna Weber, Arnim Wiek, Daniel J. Lang

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International food supply is often associated with negative externalities including injustices across the economic value chain favoring trade over production and processing, significant transport-related greenhouse gas emissions, and poor working conditions in the regions where food is being produced or processed. Relevant proxies for this situation seem to be large distances, specifically, large geographical and relational distances. Sustainability entrepreneurship demonstrates innovative practices to address large distances in international food supply. We describe five entrepreneurial solution approaches and illustrate them with empirical cases to facilitate learning across cases and support wider adoption of these practices. Our study provides food scholars, entrepreneurs, and businesses with evidence and insights on how to foster sustainable food supply through overcoming large distances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-331
Number of pages14
JournalBusiness Strategy and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020


  • innovation
  • international community-supported agriculture
  • proximity
  • relationships
  • solidarity
  • sustainability transformations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Development
  • Strategy and Management


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