up to 90 percent of americans could be fed entirely by local agriculture

posted September 13, 2015

New farmland-mapping research shows that up to 90 percent of Americans could be fed entirely by food grown or raised within 100 miles of their homes.

Professor Elliott Campbell, with the University of California, Merced, School of Engineering, discusses the possibilities in a study entitled “The Large Potential of Local Croplands to Meet Food Demand in the United States.” The research results are the cover story of the newest edition of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, the flagship journal for the Ecological Society of America, which boasts a membership of 10,000 scientists.

“Elliott Campbell’s research is making an important contribution to the national conversation on local food systems,” influential author and UC Berkeley professor Michael Pollan said. “That conversation has been hobbled by too much wishful thinking and not enough hard data—exactly what Campbell is bringing to the table.” To read more from Phys.org, CLICK HERE!