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Communicating Economic Impact Assessments: How Research Results Influence Decision-maker Attitudes toward the Local Food Sector

Author:
Rahe, Mallory Lynn, Van Dis, Katrina, Gwin, Lauren
Source:
Journal of agriculture, food systems, and community development 2019 v.8 no.C pp. 95-105
ISSN:
2152-0801
Subject:
attitudes and opinions, decision making, economic impact, food industry, food production, local food systems, markets, public sector, rural areas, social benefit, surveys
Abstract:
The local food sector continues to evolve as consu­mer preferences for economic, environmental, and social values create markets for a range of prod­ucts. Although measuring the economic impact of these complex systems can provide new insights, it remains challenging. This paper provides evi­dence of the effectiveness of presenting economic impact results to decision-makers as a way to increase public-sector interest in developing a small and growing local food system. Surveys of local leaders and statewide service providers indicate that most local decision-makers who were presented with the economic impact results say they are now more supportive of local food system develop­ment, especially in rural areas. In this region, both pro­ducing the economic impact study and pursuing a strategy for communicating the results of this study have promoted thinking about the potential of local food production in new ways and have informed conversations with policy-makers.
Agid:
6296180