Tiers of the Food System: A New Way of Thinking About Local and Regional Food

Posted on 09/15/2010 at 12:00 AM by Christa Hartsook

The growing local food trend links consumers with local farmers and connects consumers with the food they eat.

Those personal relationships illustrate the fact that local food production is often in stark contrast with traditional food production. In reality, the food system is far more complex than local versus global.

Between the two ends of the spectrum lie diverse food businesses. In order to better understand production and consumption relationships across the food system, researchers in Wisconsin developed the Tiers of the Food System framework identifying five different levels of relationships between food producers and consumers. Read the full report.

Categories: Local/Regional Foods