Suggested Reading: Local and Regional Food Systems

Further reading about Local and Regional Food Systems.


8 Ways to Join the Local Food Movement, Sarah van Gelder, Spring 2009: Food for Everyone, YES Magazine, Spring 2009.

Beyond the Bar Code: The Local Food Revolution, Michael Pollan, Bioneers Conference Plenary 2006.

Bringing the Food Economy Home, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Steven Gorelick, International Society for Ecology and Culture.

Buying Local Food: The Smart Alternative, Marika Alena McCauley, Oxfam America, 2002.

The Case for Local and Regional Food Marketing, Molly D. Anderson, Issue Briefs of the Farm & Food Policy Project (FFPP), May 2007.

Counties and Local Food Systems, Casey Dillon, National Association of Counties, July 2007

Fishermen and Farmers Help Sell the ‘Home’ in Homegrown, John Kessler, The Atlanta journal Constitution, June 17, 2005.

Food with the Farmers Face on it: Emerging Community-Based Food Systems, Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center, 2002.

Food Miles: A Simple Metaphor to Contrast Local and Global Food Systems, Rich Pirog, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 2004.

Food Revolution: Americans Lose thir Appetite for Anonymous Food, Brian Halweil, YES Magazine, Spring 2006.

Harvesting Support for Locally G rown Food: Lessons Learned from the “Be a Local Hero, Buy Locally Grown” Campaign, FoodRoutes Network, 2001.

Home Grown: The Case for Local Food in a Global Market , Brian Halweil, Worldwatch Paper #163, 2002.

How Far Do Your Fruit and Vegetables Travel?, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 2002.

The Hundred-Mile Diet, Christopher Ketcham, The Nation, posted August 23, 2007 (September 10, 2007 issue).

I Want More Say in My Food Choices, Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, 2004.

Local Food: A Holiday Recipe That’s Better for You, for Farmers, and for Homeland Security, Worldwatch, 2004.

Local Food Fact Sheets, Environmental Commons, 2007.

The Northeast Regional Food Guide, Jennifer L.Wilkins and Jennifer Boaker-Smith, Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 2000.

Not Your Average Turnip Truck, Tracie McMillan, Plenty Magazine, July 13, 2007.

Reclaiming Our Future: Reclaiming Our Food, Helena Norberg-Hodge, ISEC.

Strategies, Policy Approaches, and Resources for Local Food System Planning and Organizing: A Resource Guide, Kenneth Dahlberg, 2002.

Some Benefits and Drawbacks of Local Food Systems, Jules Pretty, Professor of Environment and Society, University of Essex, November 2001.

The Taste of Place: Local and Regional Foods Transform the Northeast, Roger Doiron, Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group, Fall 2005.

Think Globally, Eat Locally, Jennifer Wilkins, New York Times, December 18, 2004.

Think Globally, Eat Locally, Jennifer Wilkens and Anna Lappe, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, April 17, 2007.

When ‘Local’ Makes it Big, Kim Severson, New York Times, May 12, 2009


Eat Here: Reclaiming Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket, also in [PDF], Worldwatch Institute, Brian Halweil, November 2004.

Fatal Harvest: The Tragedy of Industrial Agriculture#mce_temp_url#, edited by Andrew Kimbrell, Island Press, 2002.

For Hunger-Proof Cities: Sustainable Urban Food Systems, edited by Mustafa Koc, Rod MacRae, Luc J.A. Mougeot, and Jennifer Welsh, International Development Resource Center, Ottawa, Canada, 1999.

Real Food for a Change, Wayne Roberts, Rod MacRae, and Lori Stahlbrand, Random House of Canada, 1999.


Multimedia Resources

Eating Locally & Eat Here, Homegrown Pleasures
Videos of Brian Halweil, senior researcher with the WorldWatch Institute and author of “Eat Here”, making a good, succinct case for locally-based food systems.

Updated 11/2010