Economic Impacts of Local Food in Iowa Released by Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Jan. 8, 2015 -- This new report summarizes the statewide impact of the local food industry on Iowa's economy, based on data collected 2012–2013 through the Regional Food Systems Working Group.
The data measured four indicators of economic change:
- local food sales by farmers;
- local food purchases by grocery stores, restaurants and institutions;
- job creation as a result of local food production, processing or utilization; and
- funds leveraged by RFSWG groups to support the development of regional food systems.
This two-year project was the first comprehensive statewide attempt to measure actual community impacts associated with regional food system development in Iowa. The 2013 report discusses a void that exists for getting accurate data nationally on economic activity in the local foods sector. See the JAFSCD guest editorial about that data void published in the fall 2014 issue.
Fall Issue Wraps Up with John Ikerd's Column and a Final Paper
Dec. 19, 2014 -- John Ikerd expresses frustration with the U.S.'s lack of recognition of the importance of family farms' multifunctionality. Authors Afroza Hasin, Sylvia Smith, and Pat Stieren explore how farmers markets that accept electronic transactions for SNAP have enhanced sales and get more healthy food into the hands of those who need it. Our fall 2014 issue is a wrap! On the cover: Food service workers practive washing, slicing, and dicing fresh produce following a workshop hosted by the New Jersey Farm to School Network. Read more at the fall 2014 table of contents. (Photo by Chelsey Simpson, National Farm To School Network)
New FOOD SYSTEMS BRIEF Now Posted
Dec. 3, 2014 -- We have just posted the latest in our series of JAFSCD Food Systems Briefs, "Fostering Partnerships in Supplying Large School Districts." This is based on a case study of two programs using values-based value chains to procure food for large school districts. It includes lessons learned about developing partnerships and the importance of roles played by scholars and community partners. Food Systems Briefs are free and available to all — so share with your colleagues!
Commentary on the Ebola Epidemic in Sierra Leone by JAFSCD Columnist Rami Zurayk
Nov. 17, 2014 -- We have just posted Rami Zurayk's timely thoughts on the Ebola epidemic that is challenging Sierra Leone:
This commentary is publicly available, so feel free to share the link with your networks.
New Papers Posted to Start the Fall Issue
We start off JAFSCD's fifth year of publication with the fall 2014 issue. See an open-call paper and book reviewed published in this issue so far:
(Photo credit: Brad Masi. This six-acre Ohio City Farm sits on a bluff above the Cuyahoga River, overlooking downtown Cleveland. The farm includes four enterprises, including the Refugee Response market farm pictured here. See the original article that includes this photo at Resilience.org.)
JAFSCD Sponsors American Farmland Trust Conference
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Farmland, Food & Livable Communities will be held October 20–22, 2014, at the Hilton Downtown Lexington, 369 West Vine Street, Lexington, Kentucky. Within a day’s drive of two-thirds of the U.S. population, Lexington is strategically located at the intersection of Interstates 64 and 75. Lodging is available at special conference rates. Join American Farmland Trust and more than 70 experts and national thought leaders in Lexington, Kentucky, to learn about best-in-class practices, planning and policy development. Help craft solutions to the urgent issues facing food and agriculture in the 21st century.
New FOOD SYSTEMS BRIEF Available