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Hunger and food insecurity are growing concerns inthe United States and around the world. Consequently,the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)designated Global Food Security as one of the fivefocal areas for the National Institute for Food andAgriculture. Recently, the USDA released a reportindicating that 13.6% of Vermonters are food insecure(up from 9.6% in 2004-2006) and 6.2% are hungry(“very low food security”) compared to the nationalaverages of 13.5% food insecure and 5.2% hungry(Nord, Coleman-Jensen, Andrews, & Carlson, 2010).At the same time, farmers in Vermont are struggling.The average net income of Vermont farms accordingto the USDA’s 2007 Agriculture Census was $22,816/year. This indicates the financial risk associated withagriculture and the challenges that Vermont farmersface in achieving business viability.Unconnected strategies that either enhance foodaccess or build economic success for agriculturemay work at each other’s expense. Hence there is agrowing need for efforts that simultaneously supportaccess to high quality, local food for low-incomeVermonters while ensuring fair return to Vermontfarmers. Approaches driven by this dual-goal havegreat potential to strengthen communities and furthersocial equity, both important tenets of sustainableagriculture.

Subject(s): Agribusiness

Agricultural and Food Policy

Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety

Issue Date: 2011

Publication Type: Working or Discussion Paper

PURL Identifier: http://purl.umn.edu/201283 Published in: Opportunities for Agriculture, Volume 2

Total Pages: 8

Record appears in: University of Vermont > Food Systems Spire of Excellence > Opportunities for Agriculture Working Paper Series





Author: Berlin, Linda ; Hamilton, Jean ; Schattman, Rachel

Source: http://ageconsearch.umn.edu/record/201283?ln=en







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