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Policy and Food Access

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Local, state, and federal policies govern the production, marketing, processing, and distribution of all foods, including those grown and consumed locally. To find out more about policies that specifically support or influence local food production and consumption, please explore these online resources.

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National Ag Law Center's Local Food Systems Reading Room
Wide range of policy resources, especially federal policies related to local food.

National Conference of State Legislatures Healthy Communities Database
Searchable database of state policies on many local food topics, including Farm to School, Farmers' Markets, and Supermarket/FoodAccess.

Public Health Law and Policy
Articles and policy models on many local food systems issues, including government planning.


Arrow Icon For an extended list of local food resources, please visit our Local Food Resources Section.


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This page was last updated on: January 19, 2015