The USDA’s recently released report (January 2013) provides a comprehensive look at the economic role, challenges and opportunities for food hubs in the nation’s growing local food movement. Local and regional food hubs are an important infrastructure that supports farm to school.
The new report is titled The Role of Food Hubs in Local Food Marketing. With an increasing demand for fresh, local, foods, the report finds that the success of food hubs is rapidly expanding, with well over 200 food hubs now operating in the United States. They are a part of a distribution system designed to move locally produced food into mainstream markets by supplying chains for goods to go from farms to the table efficiently. To view the full report click here. To read the full announcement, click here.
Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan said in releasing the report “At USDA we are committed to food hubs because we believe that they offer strong and sound infrastructure support to producers across the country which will also help build stronger regional food systems. This report is an important addition to the ongoing research in this field.”