unintended consequences will be in form of a changing supply chain that has been created to enable very large retail formations. Restaurants and retailers with thousands of retail outlets featuring the same identical inventory grown to specifications will face a much decentralized supply chain. Their business models will have to adapt to that new reality, which will diminish their cost advantages against independent and local operators.
There is only one way to move through that: fast forward. The speed with which that plays out will be determined by how fast we can build local networks that link producer to aggregator to buyer. There are software driven solutions to build food hubs, starting with a virtual food hub. Long term the most effective solution to support the development of local markets is a food innovations center, which is part business incubator, part kitchen for rent facility that provides all licenses required to meet regulations for wholesales. There is no faster way to provide job opportunities and small business development. But it will come at the cost of multi-national corporations.
Another issue that will drive this process along is climate change. The role of agriculture in carbon sequestration is coming clear, as is the damage being done to the environment with current industrial agriculture practices.