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Interest in local, regional, and community-based food systems has grown with great interest for several decades. We define community, local, and regional food systems (CLRFS) as a complex and collaborative network that holistically integrates food production, processing, marketing, distribution, consumption, and waste management to sustain the ecological, cultural, economic, and social health of a particular place. This approach is interdisciplinary and values-driven and includes the goal of developing socially just, economically vibrant, and ecologically sound food and farming systems embedded in local needs, people, and places so that all may thrive today and for generations to come.
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April 22, 2022