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Mapping potential foodsheds in Iowa: A system optimization modeling approach
Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports
  • Guiping Hu, Iowa State University
  • Randy Boeckenstedt, Iowa State University
  • Lizhi Wang, Iowa State University
  • Susan W. Arendt, Iowa State University
Project ID
Linear programming tools are used to gauge regional potential for local diversified agriculture required to meet the dietary needs of the population.
Key Question
Can Iowa and other Midwestern states be self-sustainable in food production?
Investigators designed two new metrics to guide strategic planning toward more localized systems: the "per capita" cropland requirement" and the "regional self-sustainability index." Emphasis was on minimizing the distance between population centers and available cropland, accounting for variations in yield among 40 of the most marketable food crops that can be grown in the Midwestern United States.
Principal Investigator(s)
Guiping Hu
Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang, Susan Wohlsdorf-Arendt
Year of Grant Completion
Citation Information
Guiping Hu, Randy Boeckenstedt, Lizhi Wang and Susan W. Arendt. "Mapping potential foodsheds in Iowa: A system optimization modeling approach" (2012)
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