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Leveraging Existing Infrastructure for Significant Food System Change

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Published on Nov 19, 2010

Scaling up the regional food value chain for long-term change requires significant resources and infrastructure -- some of which already exist and are available if we ask the right questions.

Large organizations like school districts, food service companies, and retailers have unprecedented demand for regionally-produced foods. It's true that often-cited obstacles like insufficient processing and distribution infrastructure and complicated specifications are challenges to narrowing the gap between large-scale demand and supply. However, if we wish to leverage this demand for improved farmer livelihoods and fresh local food in our communities, the conversation cannot stop there.

In this webinar, Karen Karp provides illustrative examples of the ways in which Karp Resources has worked collaboratively with their non-profit, business, and government clients. By taking an inventory of their assets, and employing existing organizational and physical resources and infrastructure, they have worked together to overcome some of the barriers to food system change at scale.

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