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

Conservation, Farm to Institution, Farming, Food Hubs, Food Safety, Local and Regional Food Systems, Policy & Advocacy, Supply Chains


Sarah A. Low, Aaron Adalja, Elizabeth Beaulieu, Nigel Key, Steve Martinez, Alex Melton, Agnes Perez, Katherine Ralston, Hayden Stewart, Shellye Suttles, and Stephen Vogel, of USDA Economic Research Service; Becca B.R. Jablonski, of Colorado State Univ

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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