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Local Food System Supply Chain

A local food supply chain represents all  processes involved in the movement of local foods from the farm to the consumer, including marketing, markets, distribution, aggregation, processing, packaging, purchasing, preparation, resource recovery, and waste disposal. 

The Supply Chain Sector links below will direct you to resources, tools and programs on each of the specific topics. General tools and resources, including research summaries related to entire food system topics can be found here.

Additionally, a new model of organizing, known as food value chains, is also gaining traction in the agribusiness sector. The USDA released a report on value chains in May 2014.

Supply Chain Sectors

Food System Supply Chain Diagram

Food as a System


Local Food Production

Local Food Distribution & Aggregation 

Local Food Processing 

Marketing Local Food

Local Food Markets & Purchasing

Preparation & Consumption 

Resource & Waste Recovery

Written By

Photo of Joanna LelekacsJoanna LelekacsExtension Local Food Flagship Program Manager (919) 515-1195 joanna_lelekacs@ncsu.eduANR/CRD - NC State University
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