Economic Analysis of Local and Regional Food Systems: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Rich Pirog & Jeffrey O'Hara

This brief, by CRFS and the Union of Concerned Scientists, provides a summary of the discussion that took place among economists and local food researchers at a meeting in early 2013. They gathered to examine how economic analyses of local and regional food systems are currently conducted and considerations for future studies. The brief includes recommendations for questions those commissioning a economic impact analysis of local or regional food may want to ask.