Trends in U.S. local and regional food systems

Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Steve Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, Stephen Vogel

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This report provides an overview of local and regional food systemsacross several dimensions. It details the latest economic information onlocal food producers, consumers, and policy, relying on findings fromseveral national surveys and a synthesis of recent literature to assess thecurrent size of and recent trends in local and regional food systems. Dataare presented on producer characteristics, survival rates and growth, andprices. The local food literature on consumer willingness to pay,environmental impacts, food safety regulations, and local economicimpacts is synthesized when nationally representative data areunavailable. Finally, this report provides an over-view of Federal andselected State and regional policies designed to support local foodsystems and collaboration among market participants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLocal and Regional Food Systems
Subtitle of host publicationTrends, Resources and Federal Initiatives
EditorsJillian Crawford
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages109
ISBN (Electronic)9781634827768
ISBN (Print)9781634827751
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Agricultural resource management survey
  • Census of agriculture
  • Direct to consumer marketing
  • Environmental issues
  • Farm bill
  • Farm to school
  • Farmers' markets
  • Food hubs
  • Food safety modernization act
  • Intermediated marketing
  • Local food prices
  • Local food systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)


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