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Local and Regional Food Systems

Finding Common Ground

Fact Sheet
Food & Beverages

When we talk about food systems, we’re talking about something that affects us all – from the way our food is grown and processed to how it’s marketed and prepared. We all rely on the labor of farmers, farmworkers, canning factory workers, truck drivers, supermarket stockers, and others in the chain. And we all have a stake in the environment in which the food is grown, the resources used to process and distribute it, and the consumer expectations that drive different farming techniques. All of these pieces make up the food system.Learn more about local and regional food systems, and why both health and agriculture stakeholders are interested in supporting them. To see more of our resources on healthy agriculture, click hereFinding Common Ground is a series of issue briefs commissioned by the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Coalition to bring agriculture and health stakeholders together, building a stronger base of support for a healthy, economically viable food and farming system in the United States. Each brief highlights a food and farming issue in which agriculture and health stakeholders have shared interest.