Local Food and Economic Development: A Guide for Local Governments

Ceri Jenkins, Satya Rhodes-Conway, and Adam Schepker. Local Food and Economic Development: A Guide for Local Governments. Mayors Innovation Project.

Every city has a food economy and most have at least the beginnings of a local food value chain. This means that every city has an opportunity to increase local economic activity, create jobs, and promote healthy, local food by helping local businesses to capture more of this market. Cities should include local food as part of their economic development efforts, and this paper will help them do that. Nationally, the trend is toward local food – cities should take advantage of this.

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