While local food is enjoying new interest in much of the country, data revealing the extent of local food production and consumption are typically lacking. This lack of data has made it difficult to set local food goals and assess progress toward such goals. This article describes two methods for quantifying local food consumption and presents estimation results using national and state data. The local food indicators presented in this article can be easily estimated with publicly available data and represent low cost indicators of local food use that Extension professionals can use to assist clientele.
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Timmons, D., Wang, Q., & Lass, D. (2008). Local Foods: Estimating Capacity. The Journal of Extension, 46(5), Article 9. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss5/9