Can Everyone Eat Local?

Can Everyone Eat Local?

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 564 , Segment 2

Episode: Security Warnings, Transportation Revolution, Life Beyond Earth

  • May 31, 2017 11:00 pm
  • 14:20 mins

Guest: Elliott Campbell, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, UC Merced The “local food” movement has gone beyond a handful of hip, progressive towns to touch nearly every city in America. Farmer’s markets and locally-grown produce are fairly easy to find these days. But even the most devoted locavores have to get some of their diet from beyond the 50-mile radius generally considered the boundary of “local.”  If one day all Americans decided they wanted to eat only local food, would anybody starve? University of California-Merced’s Elliott Campbell analyzed food production and population trends across the country and found that, surprisingly, about 90 percent of the country could be fed by food grown nearby.

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