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Research – Local food and market study, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project

Posted in Research by fedwards on September 24th, 2007

The notice below was publicised on the Community Food Security Coalition list serve. It details a study released by the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project that explores the potential to expand local markets and products. Visit the website here: http://asapconnections.org/special/research/index.html

Study Finds High Demand for Locally Grown Food
A new study released by Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project provides a detailed look at the food and farming economy of Western North Carolina and explores the potential to expand local markets for local farm products. The 320-page report, “Growing Local: Expanding the Western North Carolina Food and Farm Economy“, is the culmination of a multi-year research project funded by the Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SSARE) program.

The research details:
(1) what food and farm products are currently produced in the region;
(2) how much of what is produced is also consumed in the region;
(3) the potential for increasing local consumption of locally produced food and farm products as a way to strengthen the regional farm economy; and
(4) where investment of resources and other actions could eliminate barriers currently impeding the purchase of local food.

The report may be downloaded from the ASAP Web site. http://asapconnections.org/special/research/index.html

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