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Local / Community Food System

Definition:

A community food system, also known as a local food system, is a collaborative effort to integrate agricultural production with food distribution to enhance the economic, environmental, and social well-being of a particular place (i.e. a neighborhood, city, county or region). One of the primary assumptions underlying the sustainable diet concept is that foods are produced, processed, and distributed as locally as possible. This approach supports a food system that preserves local farmland and fosters community economic viability, requires less energy for transportation, and offers consumers the freshest foods. Related terms: Foodshed, Food Circle, Food Miles

Example of Local / Community Food System:

In some communities, farmers market opens every Sunday as part of the community food system. The farmers market ensures that the people in their local community are able to support local farmers, receive healthy food, as well as making an action to minimize ecological footprints.
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More than 96 billion lbs of edible "surplus" food is thrown away in the US each year. It is estimated that almost 27% of our food supply is wasted.