Food Systems

Food 2

Local food is a powerful economic driver, supporting producers and building local economic strength and resilience. Eating local food reduces your ecological footprint by decreasing packaging waste and transportation costs and impacts. In the years preceding 1960 Idaho farmers grew a large percentage of the food eaten in the state, but a gradual shift away from eating locally grown foods has occurred. University and other large institutional purchasing preferences represents a potentially tremendous demand for Idaho grown food that will create farming jobs, stimulate Idaho’s economy and keep money in local economies while providing fresher, more nutritious and better lasting food for University students and Idaho residents.