Increasing the Capacity for Place-based Food Systems
Keywords:Values-based Supply Chains, Agriculture of the Middle, Small and Medium-sized Farms, Food System Infrastructure, Food System Distribution
Communities across North America are responding to environmental, economic, and social challenges in our food and agricultural systems by creating and nurturing “place-based food systems.” Some distinguishing features of place-based, regional food systems are that:
- They are deeply connected to the environment and to caring for it in a particular place;
- There are relationships of trust within supply chains from farmers and ranchers to processors to distributors to retailers or other institutions to consumers;
- Community food security and food sovereignty are important goals and rights;
- The health of individuals and communities is paramount;
- There are infrastructures in place to support healthy place-based food systems; and
- All members of the food system have an opportunity to participate meaningfully in its development.
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