"Local food" is a statistic found in the Stat Telemetry window. It indicates the average worth of food available to members of a region's population. The main effect of this statistic is to indicate famine; a local food supply below $350/capita (the "genuine famine threshold") means that the region is starving.
Local food is calculated by several factors; the number, skill level, and performance of agricultural workers, the amount of energy, transportation, oil, gas, and water the agricultural sector is getting, and the GDP of a region.
Food in High Commerce RegionsEdit
Because GDP factors into the amount of local food in a region, a rich region's agricultural sector can be very tiny in size, understaffed, and lacking in resources without any (immediate) ill effects. However, it's a good idea to try and improve a region's own agricultural sector rather than having them rely on others.
- If a high commerce region's GDP suddenly drops - such as in the event of a financial crisis - the region will find itself too poor to buy food from other regions and will be forced to rely on its own agriculture sector. If the sector is too small to support the region, this will quickly lead to a famine.
- Shipping food in from other regions is worse for the environment; because they ship food in from agricultural regions, commercial regions often have abnormally high amounts of agricultural emissions.