Central New York has a long and storied agricultural heritage, yet little of our food comes comes from local sources. While we would all like to see more local food on our store shelves and on our tables, the realities of the global food system place a few obstacles in the way.
The following outlines some problems that institutions and local suppliers face when working with each other.
What are the problems? What are potential solutions?
Lack of Processing Plants — Build a food processing plant
Harvest Storage — Refrigerated Warehouses
Insufficient Supply — Invest in expanding local farms
Winter Climate — Greenhouses and Hydroponics
For a more in depth look at problems and solutions in the Syracuse-Onondaga food system in the context of institutions: