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How should I eat? (Not too much)
—Michael Pollan

If it is so difficult to learn to cook, how did all those early pioneer women manage to cross the country in rugged covered wagons and feed troops of people from one big pot hung over an open fire?
—Marion Cunningham, from Learning to Cook

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No matter how you slice it through, grain-fed meat production systems are a drain on the global food supply.
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Is Localizing America’s Food System Possible?

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A recent University of California, Merced study by J. Elliott Campbell and Andrew Zumkehr found that local food has the potential to meet 90% of the national food demand. Their study examined every acre of active farmland in the United States to calculate the potential of feeding a balanced diet to people living within a 100-mile radius. This meant reimaging how each acre of farmland was used, and converting the land used to grow corn and soybeans into land used to grow vegetables. On average, 90% of Americans’ food needs could be sourced locally; however, there are some cities, such as New York City that can only access 30% of its food from local sources. To actually put Campbell and Zumkehr’s study into practice would not be easy. In fact, it would require a complete overhaul to our economic system and agricultural policy. However, the study illustrates the potential of American farmland to theoretically feed a majority of citizens locally. In addition, it opens the conversation about rethinking land use altogether—imagine how much food could be produced locally if we converted asphalt, brown fields, and lawns into vegetable gardens! Read Dan Nosowitz’s great synopsis of the study HERE, and access the full study HERE to learn more.

Posted: 6-22-2015

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