We know food is vital for life, and in Philadelphia food is a vital part of the Philadelphia economy. There are over 6,800 food-based businesses in Philadelphia that employ over 79,000 people. These businesses produce, process, distribute, sell, and serve food, and divert or remove food waste.
Businesses that focus on “good food” do more than just sell food and provide jobs. “Good food” is food that is healthy, sustainable, fair, and locally-oriented, so good food businesses:
- support the health of their customers and community,
- support environmental sustainability,
- provide living wages and good working conditions for their employees, and
- support other local businesses.
Good Eats: The Greater Philadelphia Food Economy and Good Food’s Potential to Drive Growth, Improve Health, and Expand Opportunity, is a forthcoming report that shows how a good food economy can maximize those benefits.
Good Eats shows the size and impact of the Philadelphia food economy. The report uncovers opportunities for good food policies, partnerships, products and businesses to support the health of individuals, our environment, and the local economy.