The National Integrated Regional Foodsheds Model would work toward the goal of supplying the majority of the food for each region from within a defined geographic area. Analogous to the concept of watersheds, integrated regional foodsheds use the efficiency of networks and systems design to dramatically reduce the costs associated with processing and transportation while increasing access to fresh food options. Preliminary analyses indicate that within the Northeast Region these foodsheds have the potential to provide a significant percentage of the seasonal regional dietary food needs.
The National Integrated Regional Foodsheds Model supports the successes of local efforts and explores the challenge of a diversified production for a rational global model compatible with a more sustainable world. The model includes consideration of sourcing, transportation, processing and retail infrastructure, in consultation with stakeholders interested in emerging new business opportunities.
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Data Source: USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service 2002 Census of Agriculture
Project Funders: Rockfeller Brothers Fund
Project Partners: MIT Collaborative Initiatives