On Wednesday October 8, one hundred people gathered at a church in Jamaica Plain, MA, to consider: Can New England Feed Itself?
The answer is yes, New England can feed itself – halfway. Food Solutions New England’s Food Vision, a rigorous analysis of New England’s history and natural resources, finds that our region could produce at least half of our own food if we farm three times as much land (up from 5% to 15% of our landmass) and shift from a “Business as Usual” diet to the “Omnivore’s Delight.”
In a different scenario, called “Regional Reliance,” the Vision finds we could produce 70% of our food within our six states. Either of these scenarios represents a vast improvement over the current system, where only 10% of food is produced regionally.
New England New Economy Transition (New England NET) is working to spread the word about the new economy movement and support community and regional resilience.
New economies are locally rooted, so we root our work in our own backyard – the diverse Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain. Check out the Jamaica Plain New Economy Transition.
We also recognize that local economies are nested within larger systems, so we support work to enhance the resilience of the New England region.