#1 Defining Local food.
According to the USDA (2008 Farm Bill), a product can be marketed as locally or regionally produced if its end-point purchase is within 400 miles from its origin, or within state boundaries. However, most retailers, restaurants or food services often define local to be on a smaller scale (within 100 miles, within 150 miles, etc.). Others include non-geographic values in their use of the term ‘local’, such as humanely raised, naturally grown, ethically produced, etc. These values are not always included in the definition of ‘local’, so be curious and ask questions!