Local Food System Supply Chain
A local food supply chain represents all processes involved in the movement of local foods from the farm to the consumer, including marketing, markets, distribution, aggregation, processing, packaging, purchasing, preparation, resource recovery, and waste disposal.
The Supply Chain Sector links below will direct you to resources, tools and programs on each of the specific topics. General tools and resources, including research summaries related to entire food system topics can be found here.
Additionally, a new model of organizing, known as food value chains, is also gaining traction in the agribusiness sector. The USDA released a report on value chains in May 2014.
- Diamond, Adam, Debra Tropp, James Barham, Michelle Frain Muldoon, Stacia Kiraly, and Patty Cantrell. Food Value Chains: Creating Shared Value to Enhance Marketing Success. U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service, May 2014.