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Long Distance Trade, Locational Dynamics and By-Product Development: Insights from the History of the American Cottonseed Industry

Sustainability, 2017, Vol.9(4), p.579 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    Long Distance Trade, Locational Dynamics and By-Product Development: Insights from the History of the American Cottonseed Industry
  • Author: Desrochers, Pierre ; Szurmak, Joanna
  • Found In: Sustainability, 2017, Vol.9(4), p.579 [Peer Reviewed Journal]
  • Subjects: Steam ; Symbiosis ; Product Development ; Case Studies ; Economic Conditions ; Product Development ; Steam ; Livestock ; Byproducts ; Livestock ; Industrial Development ; Byproducts ; Symbiosis ; Economics ; Symbiosis ; Livestock
  • Language: English
  • Description: Using the historical development of the American cottonseed value chain as a case study, we show that the factors usually deemed significant in the spontaneous development of localized industrial symbiosis (e.g., high volumes of potentially valuable yet environmentally problematic residuals, an economically diverse industrial base, as well as personal interactions and short mental distances between economic actors) have long been observed at much larger geographical scales. Like cereal grains and livestock, but unlike unprocessed residuals (e.g., residual steam and gas), the development of by-products out of cottonseed further involved numerous intermediaries and steps through which a complex raw material was broken down into various components that were then often (re)combined with other materials in remote locations. Additionally, because of the insufficient size and/or demand by domestic consumers, distant markets proved crucial at an early stage. We suggest that self-organizing and market-driven long-distance recovery linkages warrant more attention on the part of industrial symbiosis theorists, especially in terms of the technical, economic, geospatial, social and institutional conditions required for their emergence.
  • Identifier: E-ISSN: 20711050 ; DOI: 10.3390/su9040579

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