Back to the Future
14 September 20
When innovation comes from the past.
One of the many consequences of this planetary emergency, triggered by the Covid-19 Pandemic, is the rediscovery/need as well as the quality of the short supply chain.
This applies both to the industrial manufacturing field, where the paradigms of the Supply Chains have changed, and, above all, to the consumption of the agri-food supply chain.
But are we really seeing something new?
Sant’Erasmo (Sanrasmo) is the second largest island after Venice, by size, of Venice Lagoon: over 4 km long and from 500 to 1000 metres wide. Known as the vegetable garden and the beach (Bacàn) of Venice, this island used to overlook the sea, before the construction of the North dam of the Lido port, which created the strip of land of Treporti. Scarcely inhabited (almost 750 residents) and with few services, it offers unique angles in good weather conditions, through its vegetable gardens, inner canals and pathways across the fields.
In addition to agriculture, which supplies the city of Venice and produces much appreciated specialities (including the celebrated purple artichoke), which are sold every day to the Venetians, they also make an excellent wine, at Orto di Venezia, a farm that can be visited to taste this white wine, that is a real treat.
When people say that the farmers’ market model has been imported from the United States, they forget this extraordinary example of “short supply chain” already known and practiced more than 5 centuries ago.
From an economic perspective, the features of seasonality and territoriality which distinguish direct sales allow for savings in terms of production costs. The possibility of following the natural cycle of seasons allows for a limited use of the necessary energy. With the sale of products on a local scale it is then possible to avoid long-distance transport, thus saving costs of storage, packaging and fuel.