Local Food Systems: Concepts, Impacts, and Issues




Food Systems

This comprehensive overview of local food systems from the USDA's Economic Research Service offers a good introduction to a range of issues related to food systems planning, with an emphasis on the economic impact of agriculture and value added food production. The report explores alternative definitions of local food, estimates market size and reach, describes the characteristics of local consumers and producers, and examines early indications of the economic, environmental, and health impacts of local food systems.