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Economic Benefits of Local Food

Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems - Union of Concerned Scientists
This report analyses the economic benefits of local food systems. Authors contend that investing in local food systems creates jobs, keeps money in local economies, promotes community development, and can reduce environmental and public health impacts.

Measuring the Economic Impacts of Increased Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production - Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture — Iowa State University
This study measures the impacts a local food system would have on jobs and income should a metropolitan demand for fresh fruits and vegetables be met by local farmers. This report is metro-centric and assumes that metropolitan areas are needed for producers to utilize economies of scale in order to make local production feasible and to promote jobs.

The Economic Impact of Fruit and Vegetable Production in Southwest Iowa  - Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture — Iowa State University
This study looks at local food production for metropolitan markets in southwest Iowa. One scenario looks at local production for the area within a growing season, the other scenario looks at production including bordering metropolitan areas. Results indicated that as farm production increases, so do labor incomes and job creation.

Selected Measures of the Economic Values of Increased Fruit and Vegetable Production and Consumption in the Upper Midwest - Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture — Iowa State University
This study estimates the direct and induced economic impacts of a local food system if demand were met with supply including all of the normal controls, such as seasonality. State level and county level analyses were both completed in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

Demand for local food in rural communities is growing. Sustainable local food systems need to have strong community support to build and maintain the infrastructure needed to bring food from farm to fork. This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods. While this website was a partnership between Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, most resources are applicable for any rural community.

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