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What Makes A Food "Local?"


Although local foods are defined in many different ways, uses of the term share a common desire to shape the food system to provide desirable performance outcomes or reduce negative outcomes. But these desired outcomes are numerous, and no single definition can adequately capture the diverse demands that are reflected by support for local foods. Connecting demands of food system performance to the characteristics that can satisfy those demands is key to understanding the different definitions of local foods.

Michael S.Hand and Stephen Martinez, 2010, p. 1
"Just What Does Local Mean? Choices: The Magazine of Food, Farm, and Resource Issues, 25(1), p. 1.

This part of the exhibit identifies some of the individual parts of the "local foods" concept and describes their significance.

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