Assessing foodsheds and food systems
We're identifying the opportunities and barriers through demonstration projects to expand infrastructure and market opportunities to improve farm viability through local and regional food systems.
Planting the Seeds: Moving to More Local Food in Western Washington
The report, Planting the Seeds, considers why local food matters and analyzes four ways
western Washington might be able to develop a more local food supply.
These include: bringing land back into food production, increasing
yields on active farmland, reducing food waste, and changing people’s
diets. For each of these options, what would be involved, the likely
impact at various levels of implementation, and the financial,
environmental, and social/political costs is examined.
New England Milkshed Assessment
New England’s 1,700 milk-producing farms anchor the region’s
agricultural land base and economy. As New England strives to create a
more resilient food system, grow profitable farm and food enterprises
and retain its working farms and forests, new research from the New England Milkshed Assessment sheds light on the health and future of this keystone sector.
San Francisco Foodshed Assessment
Our San Francisco Foodshed Assessment, Think Globally
– Eat Locally, examines the challenges and opportunities for production and consumption of local food in the nation’s most abundant foodshed. The report includes recommendations on how San Francisco and neighboring communities can take better advantage of food grown in the region.
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Seeking Opportunities to Improve Farm Viability
Consumer demand for healthy, local food presents an important
opportunity to support economic development for rural communities as
well as farmers and ranchers. A recent Iowa State University study, Measuring the Economic Impacts of Increased Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Production in Iowa Considering Metropolitan Demand [PDF], found that if farmers in a six state region produced sufficient
quantities of 28 crops to meet local demand, it would spur $882 million
in sales, more than 9,300 jobs and about $395 million in labor income.
Vermont's Farm to Plate Strategic Plan
Deleware Valley Regional Planning Commission: Greater Philadelphia Food System Study