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The Evolution of Local Foods: A Retrospective and Prospective Consideration

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  • Boys, Kathryn A.
  • Blank, Steven

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This chapter provides an overview of the development of the market for local foods, with particular emphasis on the U.S. market. Roots of the current consumer interest in locally sourced and produced foods stem from several public policy, food production, and consumer trends. The origins of interest in producing and consuming products which would now be characterized as local foods are explored. Following this, the current state of the local foods market is examined. Government and non-government organization programs designed to foster local food marketing highlighted. Economic considerations which will constrain the wider adoption of local foods products, are presented. Finally, a (likely) future for the market of locally sourced and produced food products is presented.

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  • Boys, Kathryn A. & Blank, Steven, 2016. "The Evolution of Local Foods: A Retrospective and Prospective Consideration," ARE Working Papers 270993, North Carolina State University, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:ncarwp:270993
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.270993
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