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One thing that has got me highly impassioned these days is local food. Actually, it’s more than passion—it’s my current professional focus. I published an article for my department’s policy journal last spring, and it was recently posted online. As the idea of eating regionally becomes more mainstream, this article highlights some of they ways such a notion is being treated academically. It hints at the complexity and interrelatedness of the issues surrounding a local food system, which hopefully leads all of us to become “food aware.”

Check out endnotes for good additional resources if you’d like to delve deeper, or contact me. I really like the feedback—I don’t primarily care if people agree or disagree, but I do care that people are thinking about it.

And finally: for DCers, for others

Click the title below to access full text, or just read the abstract that follows. At the top of the full text, if you go, click the ‘volume 12’ link at top of page to access the entire issue.

Local Food Systems in an Ecoagriculture Landscape: Developing Indicators of Performance

ABSTRACT: The segregated approaches traditionally employed to address issues of livelihood, food insecurity, and loss of wild biodiversity not only are inadequate to solve these issues, but have led to widespread social, environmental—and now, major economic problems as well. In this paper, I explore local food systems and ecoagriculture, and the linkages between them, with an aim to bring additional understanding to the challenges of developing integrated approaches to securing food supplies in an ecologically sound and socially just way. By highlighting the search for performance indicators currently being conducted by the Finger Lakes Ecoagriculture Working Group, I illustrate the synergies of the two frameworks. Such insight will inform policy and drive further research as well as emphasize the importance of implementing integrated approaches to solve complex issues.

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