Local Food Systems

A roadside market operated by a local farmwoman in Hampshire County, Massachusetts in September 1940.
""Local and regional food systems" refers to place-specific clusters of agricultural producers of all kinds—farmers, ranchers, fishers—along with consumers and institutions engaged in producing, processing, distributing, and selling foods…."  Source: Trends in U.S. Local and Regional Food Systems: A Report to Congress.

USDA. Agricultural Marketing Service.

The interactive Local Food Compass map "shows USDA and other federal investments in local and regional food systems since 2009, along with data such as farmers markets, food hubs, and meat processors."

USDA. National Agricultural Library.

The National Agricultural Library's digital exhibit showcases the library’s numerous historical and current resources that detail how food travels from farm to table. It comprises three main sections: a review of the “Farm-to-Table” movement of the early 1900s, a survey of roadside stands and farmers markets, and a list of current USDA local food initiatives.

USDA. Agricultural Law Information Partnership.

Information about laws and regulations pertaining to local and regional food systems.

USDA. NAL. Food and Nutrition Information Center.

This resource list provides information on how establishing community food systems meets daily food and nutrition needs, helps the local economy, supports local farmers, and promotes a sustainable, local food system.

University of California at Davis. Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program.

This bibliography and update are guides to published literature and peer-reviewed research (2000-2013) on local and regional food systems.

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.

Choices magazine features seven papers that "help clarify perceptions about local foods, prospects for growth in their supply and demand, and policy issues affecting the development of local food systems." (v. 25 no. 1 Oct. 2010).