Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Assessing the Impacts of Local Food Systems: 2 events @ Cornell (10/2/13 & 10/25/13)


Two events related to understanding the community impacts of local food systems will be hosted at Mann Library in October.* Both should provide interesting insights and are free and open to the Cornell community and public, with food and refreshments served. Please join us, and share freely. Thanks to NWAEG for co-sponsoring these events!

****"Local Foods and Economic Growth"****
Steve Deller, Professor and Community Economic Development Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mann Library, Room 102, Cornell University
Weds., Oct. 2, 2013, 12-1:30pm

Advocates of the local foods movement have been promoting it as a tool for rural economic growth and development policy. Unfortunately, there has been very little research to support such a claim. Utilizing census data from the US Department of Agriculture to look at more recent patterns, we explore how local foods influence rural economic growth and development.

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****"The Maturing of Local Food Systems"***
Stephen Vogel, Economist
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service

Mann Library, Room 160, Cornell University
Weds., Oct. 25, 2013, 12-1:30pm

The scope and rapid innovation in local/regional food systems has outpaced the ability of policy researchers to develop the data metrics for assessing its impacts. Many of these changes are related to the development of new marketing channels, supported and driven in part by information technologies and social entrepreneurship. Lacking the ability to make a quantitative assessment, this research develops a conceptual framework to suggest that these activities are reshaping how food is produced and consumed. This is impacting economies of scale previously afforded by energy-intensive production, allowing farmers to capture more of the food dollar while developing the infrastructure and mechanisms to meet the demand of larger institutional buyers.

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Both events sponsored by: Cornell University's Department of City and Regional Planning, the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition Group (FANG), and the New World Agriculture and Ecology Group (NWAEG). Funded in part by the GPSAFC.

*Note that in addition to the above events, both speakers will present more technical versions of their research at the Department of City and Regional Planning's Regional Science, Planning and Policy Analysis Seminar (same days as above, 4:30-6pm, 115 W Sibley Hall, Cornell University)

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