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Research Project: Improving Vitality, Sustainability, and Value-Added Processing by Animal Food Systems in the New England States in a manner that Enhances Nutrition and Public Health

Location: Food Systems Research Unit

Title: Foodshed analysis and carrying capacity estimation

item Peters, Christian

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/28/2021
Publication Date: 1/8/2022
Citation: Peters, C.J. 2022. Foodshed analysis and carrying capacity estimation. In: Peters, C.J., Thilmany, D.D., editors. Food systems modeling: Tools for assessing sustainability in food and agriculture. Cambridge, MA: Academic Press. p. 105-127.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: The methods covered in this chapter address two related issues. Foodshed analyses inquire about the past, present, or future sources of food for a particular place. Carrying capacity studies examine the ability of a specific geographic area to feed people. These two issues are so closely linked that they can be hard to tell apart. Nonetheless, the nuance is important. The first issue focuses on food consumption – how do we feed the people in this place – whereas the second issue emphasizes food production – how many people can this place feed? This chapter reviews common features of foodshed assessment and carrying capacity analysis, using case studies to explore the application of each method.