Research Aim 4: Integrated Leverage Points (ILP)
Research Aim 4 will integrate across production, aggregation, and consumption to explicate the ways that community capital, governance, and institutions shape opportunities for food system development and the types of innovations that evolve. Specific research questions will include:
ILP1: How can regional and local food system development act as an economic driver for increasing farm income, supporting small business development, and increasing community capacity to enhance quality of life?
ILP2: How do food systems interact with escalating cultural, economic, and environmental change?
ILP3: How are food justice and food sovereignty defined, negotiated, and operationalized (accounting for social, cultural, economic, and governance factors)?