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

This report provides an overview of local and regional food systems across several dimensions. It details the latest economic information on local food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings from several national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess the current size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems. Data are presented on producer characteristics, survival rates and growth, and prices. The local food literature on consumer willingness to pay, environmental impacts, food safety regulations, and local economic impacts is synthesized when nationally representative data are unavailable. Finally, this report provides an overview of Federal and selected State and regional policies designed to support local food systems and collaboration among market participants.

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Author
Sarah A. Low
Publisher
Washington, D.C.: USDA Economic Research Service
Page Numbers
83
Publication Date
January 01, 2015
Publication Type
Reports and Guides
et al. Author(s)
Aaron Adalja
State
National
Keywords
Agricultural Statistics, Direct Marketing, Environmental Issues, Farmers Markets, Local / Regional Food Systems

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