Updated Publication Offers Facts from Food Research

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Posted: Monday, July 8, 2013 8:24 pm

AMES, Iowa -- A popular publication on the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture website, Food Facts, has been updated to include more than a decade of results from marketing and food systems research.

The publication offers key findings from 52 research projects either supported by a Leopold Center grant or conducted in-house by our staff or working groups since 2000. Topics covered include Community-Based Agriculture, organic and local food, niche meat, the grape and wine industry, and more.

Some of the findings gathered in the document include:

  • Fifty-six percent of the population in eight Midwestern states could be supplied by food production that occurs less than five miles away.
  • Conventionally grown carrots, sweet corn, garlic, onions and spinach all travel at least 50 times farther than locally grown counterparts.
  • If Iowa’s metropolitan areas consumed fresh fruits and vegetables from the neighboring farms, rather than importing them from other states and countries, there would be a net gain of 343 jobs and almost $40 million in farm-level sales.

Food Facts was originally compiled by Leopold Center staff in 2008. The updated resource includes the most recent information available for each research project as well as 11 new projects. It also contains a list of online tools and resources regarding food systems.

SOURCE: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

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