We live in a region in which awareness of the value of local food and building a vibrant local food system is strong. I’ve collected some of the reports that have done analysis of the current situation and made proposals for continuing growth below. I hope you find these useful. IF YOU KNOW OF OTHER REPORTS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW!
A newsletter on efforts in Northampton to encourage production, purchasing and consumption of local food.
A report on food security in Franklyn County, MA.
Pioneer Valley Planning Commission Food
Security Plan – Nobody goes hungry!
A Pioneer Valley Report on the potential for a strong local food economy to create jobs.
A report on how a 25% shift in food buying in the Pioneer Valley can have a huge impact on the local economy.
CISA has a new publication on how to get involved in the local food movement.
NEW ENGLAND REPORTS
A vision for a robust New England Food System.
Here is a regional research project which focused on Iowa but demonstrates the impact of building a healthy local food system.
Check out this national publication which studied the impact of local food investments.
A research journal article on the value of local food.
An Orion Magazine article on rebuilding a local foods infrastructure.