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An Optimization Approach To Assessing The Self-Sustainability Potential Of Food Demand In The Midwestern United States, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt Oct 2011

An Optimization Approach To Assessing The Self-Sustainability Potential Of Food Demand In The Midwestern United States, Guiping Hu, Lizhi Wang, Susan W. Arendt, Randy Boeckenstedt

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Conventional agriculture faces significant challenges as world population grows, food demand increases, and mobility becomes increasingly constrained. Reducing the distance food needs to travel is an important goal of sustainability and resiliency, particularly in the context of a variety of transportation challenges. In this study, we developed a linear programming optimization method to assess the potential of regions to meet dietary requirements with more localized and diversified agricultural systems. Emphasis is 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 ...