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Greater Philadelphia Food System Study
Executive Summary

Publication No.: 09066B
Date Published: 5/2010

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Geographic Area Covered: 100-mile radius around the City of Philadelphia; parts of five states: Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania; and the nine county DVRPC region: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania, and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer counties in New Jersey.

Abstract: This publication is an objective study of Greater Philadelphia's food system and focuses on the agricultural resources, distribution infrastructure, regional economy, and stakeholders acting within the regional food system. The study addresses a number of challenges and opportunities facing the food system, including: land constraints and development pressures, contradicting health effects of malnutrition and obesity, food access in urban and rural areas, food distribution, and economic development.

Key Words: 100-Mile Foodshed, Agriculture, Census of Agriculture, Economic Census, environment, farms, farming, farmland, farmland preservation, food, food access, food desert, food distribution, food economy, food miles, food policy, food system, foodshed, fossil fuels, freight analysis framework (FAF), Greater Philadelphia, land use, local food, organic, natural resources, peak oil, sustainable, stakeholder analysis, transportation, working landscapes.

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