Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress



Food Systems

This congressionally mandated report  from USDA assessing the scope of and trends in local and regional food systems offers up-to-date information critical for understanding the evolution and effects of local and regional food systems across the country. It highlights data showing that producer participation in local food systems is growing and the value of local food sales appears to be increasing. The report also provides information on local food markets and consumers, environmental practices of farms focusing on local sales, and examples of regional programs supporting the development of local food systems.