Understanding Local Food Systems

Understanding Local Food Systems

Food systems comprise all aspects of food production (the way the food is grown or raised; the way the food is harvested or slaughtered; and the way the food is processed, packaged, or otherwise prepared for consumer purchase) and food distribution (where and how the food is sold to consumers and how the food is transported). Food systems can be divided into two major types: the global industrial food system and sustainable/local (or regional) food systems. Check out Sustainable Table's introduction to local food systems to further explore the different systems.

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