Buy Healthy, Buy Local
An analysis of potential legal challenges to local purchase preferences
State and local governments are seeking to enhance their procurement policies to improve the nutritional content of food they purchase and to purchase more food locally.
One way to do so is to give competitive bidding preferences to government procurements of agricultural products or food that is produced in the local community.
This analysis looks at possible legal restrictions on the ability of states and local governments to give preferences to local producers of food. Buy Healthy, Buy Local: An Analysis of Potential Legal Challenges to State and Local Government Local Purchase Preferences by Amy Ackerman J.D. was published in the ABA's Urban Lawyer Journal (Vol. 43, No. 4, Fall 2011). We would like to thank the ABA for giving permission for us to make this article available for download here.