Posted March 20, 2014
The National Agricultural Law Center offers a wide range of resources, one of which is the Local Food Systems Reading Room available here.
The term “local food system” refers to the interconnected processes related to food production, processing, consuming, and disposing of that food.  Local food sales are often direct sales between the producer and consumer.  Common direct sales methods include: farmers’ markets, farm stands, pick your own operations and community supported agriculture (CSAs).  Producers may also sell directly to restaurants or other institutions.
Typical legal issues concerning local food systems include general liability concerns, premises liability, the sale of milk, and labor issues.
The Local Food Systems Reading Room provides information on major statutes, relevant regulations, links to the case law index, administrative law decisions, Center research publications, relevant Congressional Research Service reports, and many other resources. 


These resources are provided by the National Agricultural Law Center as a free service to the public.