Why Local Food Matters: Views from the National Landscape
Table of Contents
What do we mean by local food?
Relationship of local food to U.S. food system Importance of local food demand
Growth of local food marketing outlets
Demand drivers and trends
What does the future of local food look like? Is there room for further growth?
How do AMS programs facilitate market access for local food?
What is Local?
A food product that is raised, produced, aggregated, stored, processed, and distributed in the locality or region in which the final product is marketed.
No official national designation, though some individual USDA programs use a broad (maximum) definition:
Less than 400 miles from the origin of the product, or Within the State in which the product is produced.
Includes both direct-to-consumer sales AND intermediated sales by distributors/food hubs
To restaurants, grocery stores, schools/universities, hospitals, et. al.