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Support organizations for RFNs vary in terms of size and scope.
RFNs can be thought of as value chains that exist as alternatives to the status quo, namely the global industrial food model.
Regardless of the groups being served, it is important to note that acknowledging and working for these groups can have an effect on expanding the reach and value of RFNs. These organizations impart values, skills, and resources to groups that can help build a stronger and more participatory food system.
* And there are no Central Limit Theorems for RFNs that are directly applicable.
Given a random experiment (modelled by means of a probability space ([OMEGA], A, P), a random fuzzy number (RFN for short) associated with it is a fuzzy number-valued mapping [chi] defined on [OMEGA] and such that for all [alpha] [member of] [0,1] the real-valued mappings inf [[chi].sub.[alpha]] and sup [[chi].sub.[alpha]] (with inf [[chi].sub.[alpha]] O) = inf ([chi] [([omega])).sub.[alpha] and sup [[chi].sub.[alpha] ([omega]) = sup ([chi] [([omega])).sub.[alpha] for all [omega] [member of] [OMEGA]]) are real-valued random variables.
To understand the connection between producers' participation in RFNs and environmental outcomes, we construct a framework based on marketing theory to identify five characteristics that influence the environmental impact of production agriculture: ownership and control, personal values and social embeddedness, entrepreneurship and multifunctionality, scale, and spatial and temporal distribution.
* More specifically, does participation in RFNs influence farm management?
We conceive RFNs linking local and national or global scales; from this central role, they can enhance long-term opportunities in ag-related entrepreneurship at diverse production, consumption, and community scales, stimulating new strategies, practices, products, and markets.
To date, there has been a lack of systematic research on RFNs, their characteristics, and their scalar linkages and interactions.
discusses the potential impacts of the "local food" movement on the economic, social, and environmental benefits gained through integrated RFNs. There are nested scales within the RFNs with respect to social, economic, and ecological connections to foster entrepreneurial opportunities between producers and consumers.
Through empirical surveys in Oregon, the authors find that farmers who choose ecological farm management practices may be poised to support RFNs. Marketing through RFNs may have strong influences on farm practices, leading to improved regional environmental outcomes by taking advantage of the spatial, temporal, and figurative proximity of food supply chain actors as messages about the environmental impact of food move among producers, consumers, policy makers, and the environment.
Top manager Chris Ellingham's team RFNS has held the pole position since October 16 and has been knocked off the top spot just once.
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