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Linking future population food requirements for health with local production in Waterloo Region, Canada

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  • Ellen Desjardins


  • Rod MacRae
  • Theresa Schumilas
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    Regional planning for improved agricultural capacity to supply produce, legumes, and whole grains has the potential to improve population health as well as the local food economy. This case study of Waterloo Region (WR), Canada, had two objectives. First, we estimate the quantity of locally grown vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains needed to help meet the Region of Waterloo population’s optimal nutritional requirements currently and in 2026. Secondly, we estimate how much of these healthy food requirements for the WR population could realistically be produced through local agriculture by the year 2026. Results show that a shift of approximately 10% of currently cropped hectares to the production of key nutritious foods would be both agriculturally feasible and nutritionally significant to the growing population. We supplement our findings with some agronomic considerations and community-level strategies that would inform and support such change. The methodology of this study could be applied to other regions: more such analyses would create a broader picture of the diverse qualitative and quantitative agricultural shifts that could synchronize optimal land use with dietary recommendations, thus informing coordinated policy and planning. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010

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    Article provided by Springer & The Agriculture, Food, & Human Values Society (AFHVS) in its journal Agriculture and Human Values.

    Volume (Year): 27 (2010)
    Issue (Month): 2 (June)
    Pages: 129-140

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    Handle: RePEc:spr:agrhuv:v:27:y:2010:i:2:p:129-140
    DOI: 10.1007/s10460-009-9204-y
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    1. Peters, Christian & Bills, Nelson L. & Wilkins, Jennifer & Smith, R. David, 2002. "Vegetable Consumption, Dietary Guidelines and Agricultural Production in New York State—Implications for Local Food Economies," Research Bulletins 122636, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
    2. Young, C. Edwin & Kantor, Linda Scott, 1999. "Moving Toward the Food Guide Pyramid: Implications for U.S. Agriculture," Agricultural Economics Reports 34071, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
    3. Peters, Christian & Bills, Nelson L. & Wilkins, Jennifer & Smith, R. David, 2003. "Fruit Consumption, Dietary Guidelines, And Agricultural Production In New York State -- Implications For Local Food Economies," Research Bulletins 122109, Cornell University, Department of Applied Economics and Management.
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