Increasing the Capacity for Place-based Food Systems
Communities across North America are responding to environmental, economic, and social challenges in our food and agricultural systems by creating and nurturing “place-based food systems.” Some distinguishing features of place-based, regional food systems are that:
- They are deeply connected to the environment and to caring for it in a particular place;
- There are relationships of trust within supply chains from farmers and ranchers to processors to distributors to retailers or other institutions to consumers;
- Community food security and food sovereignty are important goals and rights;
- The health of individuals and communities is paramount;
- There are infrastructures in place to support healthy place-based food systems; and
- All members of the food system have an opportunity to participate meaningfully in its development.
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