The Bay Area Food Economy: Existing Conditions and Strategies for Resilience

The purpose of this white paper is to highlight the economic and other contributions of the regional food economy in California's Bay Area, propose strategies and investments needed to protect and strengthen its contributions, and encourage increased investment in the agricultural resources and food supply sectors that are a pillar of the area's regional resilience.

The white paper identifies strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats among the region's agricultural and food sectors; specific strategies, actions, investment needs, and implementation agents necessary to build on existing assets; as well as ways to address critical barriers to continued economic prosperity among these sectors. Lastly, it provides a brief summary of best practices from other regions that have developed economic development strategies for their agricultural and food sectors.

Author: 
Sibella Kraus
Serena Unger
Publisher: 
Berkeley, CA: Sustainable Agriculture Education; San Francisco, CA: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers: 
42
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2017
Literature Category: 
Reports and Studies