Local Foods: Estimating Capacity

While local food is enjoying new interest in much of the country, data revealing the extent of local food production and consumption are typically lacking. This lack of data has made it difficult to set local food goals and assess progress toward such goals. This paper describes two methods for quantifying local food consumption and presents estimation results using national and state data. The local food indicators presented in this article can be easily estimated with publicly available data, and represent low cost
indicators of local food use.

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Author: 
David Timmons, Qingbin Lang and Daniel Lass
Publisher: 
Journal of Extension
Page Numbers: 
10
Publication Date: 
October 1, 2008
Literature Category: 
Reports and Studies