Can Vermont Feed Itself Case Study

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Can Vermont Feed Itself? A Look At Self-Sufficient Food Production in the Green Mountain State. Table of Contents Page# Title 2 Table of Contents 3 Introduction 4 Does Vermont have the capacity to grow its own food? 8 Why is food self-sufficiency important? • Preparedness for National Disaster/Fuel Crisis • Local produce taste better • Local produce is better for you • Promotes produce diversity • Is GMO free • Helps to build community • Good for local economy/supports local farmers • Beneficial for the environment 11 What are the challenges to local food in Vermont? • Diet adjustments would be needed • Production diversity is lacking • Lack of processing and storage facilities • Cheaper to import foods from agribusiness farms 16 What is currently being done to…show more content…
If we were to only have local products available to us today, we would have plenty of dairy, but shortages of most everything else. In fact, Vermont produces less than it consumes in every food category other than dairy. Vermonters eat far greater amounts of meat, poultry, eggs, grains, beans, fruits and vegetables than is produced locally. When the lack of diversity is compared to our diets, food grown locally in Vermont has the potential to feed only 38% of the population. That is to say, that if all food produced in Vermont were to stay in Vermont, there may be enough food to feed all Vermonters in terms of calories, but the lack of diversity makes it impossible to survive on these foods. Since, much of the produce in Vermont is exported and does not stay in Vermont, the figure of locally grown food is not 38%, but instead is more like 5%. (Timmons “Measuring and

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