Counting local food consumption: Longitudinal data and lessons from Vermont

David Conner, Ellen Kahler, Jake Claro, Florence Becot, Annie Harlow

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As interest in local food systems as a community development tool increases, scholars and practitioners are looking for methods to count progress toward benchmarks. This paper reports on efforts to count local food consumption as part of a statewide strategic plan for food systems development in Vermont. It provides longitudinal data from three waves of counting (2011, 2014, and 2017), finding increases over time due to both increased consumption and improved counting methods. The paper reflects on successes and challenges over the study period, focusing on data availability, key assumptions, and limitations. It concludes with future directions of inquiry into measuring food relocalization efforts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-100
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 9 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Development
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Health(social science)

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