Mapping Potential Foodsheds Using Regionalized Consumer Expenditure Data for Southeastern Minnesota
Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
The theoretical concept of a foodshed is nearly a century old, while the tools used to model themcomputer software coupled with spatial and statistical datasets-are ever-evolving. In a previous study (Galzki, Mulla, & Peters, 2014) , foodshed maps have been created in Southeastern Minnesota that display the potential for local food system capacity in the region. Several assumptions were made based on data and software limitations that a * Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community
... and Community Development ISSN: 2152-0801 online http://www.foodsystemsjournal.org 182 Volume 7, Issue 3 / Spring-Summer 2017 farm to grocery store was found to be 15.6 km (9.7 miles). Results also show that 90% of the cultivated land remains in surplus after meeting the food demands of the region, minimizing the impacts on the local agroeconomic system. The surplus of pasture land is smaller, but over half the pasture land in the region is in surplus after food needs are met. We explore an alternative land-use scenario that removes environmentally sensitive cropland from cultivation to illustrate the impact conservation efforts may have on a potential local food system. The updated results of this study bolster the evocative effect of mapping foodsheds and provide a more realistic illustration of how the region could sustain itself on locally derived foods.