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Definition of Local Food Systems

Definition of Local Food Systems

A local food system is not so much about how far a particular piece of food travels from producer to consumer. It is more about a community having control over who pays for the hidden costs of our food. These costs can include the environmental impact of the production and distribution of the food as well as the health care costs associated with eating low quality food. It also includes recognizing that workers from one end of the food chain to the other are the poorest paid employees in society and the corporations that benefit from these low wages often pass along the gap between actual wages and living wages to the government in the form of ‘welfare’. A local food system creates the platform for a community to collectively and transparently decide what their ‘food priorities’ are and who should bear the burden of any inequity.

The Northeast Food Knowledge Ecosystem (NEFKE) is collaborative effort seeking to make food system related information more discoverable, usable and easier to share, in support of shared food system goals and emerging needs or opportunities across the Northeast US and beyond. Initiated by the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG), this evolving knowledge ecosystem is intended to foster a “network of networks”, helping link and align the assets and efforts of a broad range of practioners, researchers, educators and advocates.

http://nefke.nesawg.org/

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