If a restaurant or grocery store doesn’t source “local” food, where does the food come from?

There is no consensus on a definition of “local” or “local food systems” in terms of the geographic distance between production and consumption. Defining “local” based on marketing arrangements, such as farmers selling directly to consumers at regional farmers’ markets or to schools, is well recognized. That said, just because a restaurant or grocery store does not source their food “locally” does not mean that the food was not grown with care. Farmers and ranchers take pride in the food they raise.

USFRA Point of View

In order for agriculture to provide healthy choices for all Americans, as well as people around the world, we need all types of farms and ranches – big and small, organic and conventional, rural and urban. Only when farmers and ranchers collectively respond to the marketplace, sharing best... Read more