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Exploring the Potential for a More Local Food System in the Western Lake Superior Region .

Syring, David.

Local and regional food has emerged as an important arena for economic development and for social change. The western Lake Superior region offers significant opportunities and unique challenges for the redevelopment of a robust regional food system. This article summarizes research on several key elements related to possibilities for expanding the local food system in the region. It presents data about the available land base that could contribute to food production in the region; insights based on in-depth interviews with farmers who already grow food in the region, including policy ideas that they offered to support the work of growing more local food; and findings from a regional survey of citizens regarding their willingness to purchase local foods. The author concludes with a discussion of policy possibilities for supporting the regional food system.

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based was supported by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program. Additional funding was provided by the University of Minnesota’s Healthy Food, Healthy Lives Institute.
42 (3): 10-16
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Reporter 42 (3)

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