From the Food Network to Lanesboro Local, interest in local foods is burgeoning. Nearly every publication - from small town papers, to the New York Times, to the American Journal of Agricultural Economics - is covering this re-localization of the food system. While much of the infrastructure related to local foods has been dismantled in favor of the efficiencies of consolidation, there is renewed interest in place-based foods and local products. With this slow but increasing favoring of the local (not only in foods, but other goods and services) the local movement can have a “rising tide” effect on towns and regions alike. Thus, community leaders are recognizing the potential for "local food" as a vibrant economic driver.
This webinar provides an in-depth look at how local food, and local food systems, can help drive economic development. Participants will learn about the market environment (e.g. demand for local foods as well as market influences and challenges), business considerations (e.g. production, distribution, and infrastructure), and recommendations as to how planners and policymakers can promote economic development by supporting local food initiatives.