My food systems-focused research agenda emanated from my interest in promoting sustainability, equity, and economic viability in rural and regional communities. Given the widely agreed-upon failure of U.S. rural development policy over the last fifty years, policymakers, practitioners, and researchers are searching for new opportunities to strengthen rural communities and economies. The re-localization of food systems is receiving increased attention as a policy tool, yet there has been little evaluation or empirically-driven analysis of the merits of this approach, and particularly to the distribution of impacts. Further, evidence that local food markets are concentrated in urban areas poses important questions as to the impacts of these initiatives on rural people and places.

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