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

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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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2015-01-01

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local food systems; direct to consumer marketing; intermediated marketing; farm to school; food hubs; farmers’ markets; local food prices; Food Safety Modernization Act; Farm Bill; environmental issues; Census of Agriculture; Agricultural Resource Management Survey

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