Popular interest in local and regional foods has increased through the 2000s and 2010s. Prior to this popular recognition of local food, leaders of the American and British food movements pioneered local food production, processing, distribution, and marketing as the economic and social components of sustainable agriculture, or, more commonly in Europe, as alternative food networks. A record of the discourses, ideas, purposes, and needs for local food system development is observable in national-level policy documents in each country.