Taking a Closer Look at the Local Food Supply Chain
The rapidly growing local food movement promises a range of public health benefits, such as lower carbon emissions and stronger local economies—but can local food supply chains actually generate these benefits?
One prominent image of the local food movement is the farmer's markets that appear in spring with fresh vegetables and fruits.
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"Growing Local," edited by Robert P. King, Michael S. Hand and Miguel I. Gómez, is a rigorous comparison of mainstream and local food supply chains in five metropolitan areas, highlighting areas of growth and potential barriers to the local food movement along social, economic and environmental dimensions.