Penn State studies food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities

As part of a national initiative to reduce food insecurity, faculty in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will direct a new $5 million project to study whether greater reliance on regionally produced foods could improve food access and affordability for disadvantaged communities, while also benefiting farmers and others in the food supply chain…

In addition, the project will assess the overall capacity of the Northeast to satisfy more of its food needs. Using large-scale GIS analyses across the nearly 300 counties in the Northeast, researchers will assess production capacity — including climate and soil suitability for different crops — food processing infrastructure, distribution channels, retail stores and consumption preferences.

Information taken directly from: Penn State Live

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com

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