Planning & Development: Local Food Value Chain Initiative
[ 2016 Activities ] [ Local Food Chain Supply Initiative Report ]
Consumers in the SPC region spend approximately $6.2 billion annual on food (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics), and the demand for locally-grown, processed and manufactured food is growing. With over 9,700 farms in the SPC region, the agriculture industry is an important piece of the regional economy. Over 400 food manufacturers in the region employ over 6,400 people. In addition to farms and food manufacturers, the local food supply chain also includes related business services such as veterinarians, farm management companies, refrigeration companies, fleets and more. There are approximately 14,000 businesses in the food supply chain in Southwestern Pennsylvania employing 85,000 workers.
In 2016, SPC worked with the City of Pittsburgh to use the information contained in the report to expand on its data and information to assist the City’s Climate Action Plan as part of its larger sustainability and resilience efforts.
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Local Food Chain Supply Initiative Report
SPC’s Local Food Supply Chain Initiative in Southwestern Pennsylvania report details the resiliency, size and scope of the regional food system and identifies potential goals and actions to generate jobs and investments. The report provides pertinent information to the many groups working on different aspects of the local food supply chain and continues to be a resource for various interest groups. SPC remains active with regional engagement in advancing the agricultural industry.
The sustainability of businesses involved in processing, selling, and using local food is a continuing focus for SPC. SPC continues to partner with local interest groups to address specific challenges identified in this report and to support food processing entities in the region.
Table Of Contents
Introduction: Local Food Supply Chain in the SPC Region
Chapter 1: Assessing the Local Food Supply Chain in
the SPC Region
Chapter 2: Food Production in Southwestern
Chapter 3: Agricultural Production
Chapter 4: The Food Supply Chain in the Regional
Chapter 5: SPC Survey Results from Stakeholder Meetings
Chapter 6: Assessing Regional Competitiveness in
Chapter 7: Growing Jobs and Investments
Chapter 8: Actions Taken Regarding Food Systems Across the Country
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