Meeting the Demand

February 18th, 2010

During this academic year, the campus community has been engaged with issues related to diet, nutrition and local food economies (Go Big Read). While few would dispute the advantages to be reaped environmentally, socially, and economically by stocking one’s pantry with food that can be sourced locally and seasonally, meeting that demand can present its own challenges.

Researchers and outreach specialists with the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems and the Agricultural Innovation Center have issued a new report examining the logistics of bringing food to this burgeoning market, Scaling Up: Meeting the Demand for Local Food.

Eleven models for regional food aggregation and distribution are examined, with a healthy list of challenges, lessons-learned and additional resources supplied for the entrepreneur.