The Economics of Local Food Systems: A Toolkit to Guide Community Discussions, Assessments and Choices

The Local Food System Toolkit was developed by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to help communities reliably evaluate the economic impact of investing in local and regional food systems. The Local Food System Toolkit provides detailed guidance in seven modules to measure and assess the expected economic impacts of local food investments. Using real-world projects, experiences, and applied research, it provides grounded, credible, and useable assessment methods. The Local Food System Toolkit can be used by policy makers, community leaders, private businesses or foundations to offer specific estimates that will help them decide whether to invest in initiatives that increase local food activity.

Author: 
Dawn Thilmany McFadden
David Conner
Steven Deller
David Hughes
Ken Meter
Alfonso Morales
Todd Schmit
David Swenson
Allie Bauman
Megan Phillips Goldenberg
Rebecca Hill
Becca B.R. Jablonski
Debra Tropp
Publisher: 
Washington, DC: USDA Agricultural Marketing Services
Page Numbers: 
128
Publication Date: 
March 1, 2016
Literature Category: 
Reports and Studies