Food purchases are investments that influence the characteristics of our food system. Price, convenience, and perception of an appropriate level of quality are drivers of food purchasing decisions. Other values related to economic, environmental and/or social sustainability are harder to support through food purchasing decisions due to lack of information and transparency in the food system. A broader, more specific, and more flexible approach is needed to help food purchasers, especially smaller retailers, organizations, and institutions, make buying decisions that align with their values. The Values-Based Food Purchasing Rubric presented here attempts to create a relatively simple and flexible assessment tool that can be easily used by businesses, organizations, and communities to inform their purchasing decisions for all types of food, including foods that cannot be produced locally (such as tropical products).
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Grubinger, Vernon P., "A Decision Tool for Values-Based Food Purchasing" (2021). UVM Extension Faculty Publications. 31.