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Mapping the government’s local food work as a way to keep it alive

Mapping the government’s local food work as a way to keep it alive

Click to explore the map of the USDA’s efforts to boost local food systems. Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released what it’s calling the “2.0 version” of its Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass . For those not in the know , the Compass is a map of all of the local food projects — including farmers markets, food hubs, infrastructure, and producers — the USDA funds. The Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food (KYF) initiative itself is the brainchild of USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan — possibly the highest ranking supporter of sustainable agriculture we’ve ever had at USDA — as a way to highlight efforts to aid local foods. I’m a big fan of mapping as a visualization tool and the Compass certainly provides lots of data. That said, it’s not really much of a consumer-focused tool compared with private efforts like RealTimeFarms.com , which not onl...

Full article: http://grist.org/locavore/mapping-the-governments-local-f...

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