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While natural resources and economic infrastructure provide a template for conceptualizing a foodshed, a foodshed doesn’t really exist until a collective vision is called for and cast — whether by engaged citizens, concerned consumers, entrepreneurs, or policymakers. Foodshed boundaries are perhaps best defined by common cause rather geopolitical boundaries or even topography. Ultimately, a prospering and healthy foodshed is circumscribed by the periphery of a community’s ability to create positive change for the common good. When common goods are linked to the common good, the scales tip from default to design, and the foodshed becomes a collaborative vision and a shared reality.

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