What We Know and Don’t Know About the Economic Development Benefits of Local Food Systems
David W. Hughes and Kathryn A. Boys
The potential economic development benefits generated through local food systems are diverse. Numerous claims have been made concerning their possible benefits. However, many of these claims have not been tested by social science research. Of special importance to public and private decision makers is how local food systems (LFS) contribute to the development of the local entrepreneurial environment, economic clusters, regional branding opportunities, social capital, and local quality of life factors.
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