Appalacia’s new Local Food Research Center

Appalacia’s new Local Food Research Center

ASAP, the Appalacian Sustainable Agriculture Project, is launching a new center with the broad goal of testing local food theories of food system change.

As reported by Mackensy Lunsford on Mountain Xpress,

ASAP intends to turn those funds to good use, making sure that local food system development — both in this region and across the country — benefits from cutting edge and scholarly research. “ASAP has long been dedicated to research," says Charlie Jackson, the executive director and one of the founding farmers of ASAP. "Our work has shown, and the research of our center will continue to reveal, the most beneficial and efficient ways to make food system changes that will be lasting and sustainable.”

ASAP won't be going it alone. The group will work with various nonprofits and universities to further its research, most notably with UNCA and Clemson University. Projects will range from testing consumer messaging and communications to working with food-system “gatekeepers” to open up avenues for more local food.

The opening of more distribution channels and the consumer messaging element are both fields ripe for study and improvement, as we've noted previously.

And a side note: Lunsford posts some mouthwatering food photos from time to time on Mountain Xpress.



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