The Feasibility of Regional Food Systems in Metropolitan Areas: An Investigation of Philadelphia's Foodshed


  • Peleg Kremer University of Delaware
  • Yda Schreuder University of Delaware



Local Food Systems, Regional Food Systems, Foodshed, Philadelphia


A rapidly globalizing food system raises important questions of environmental sustainability, food security, public health, and nutrition. The local food movement has been arguing for localization and regionalization of the food system as an effective strategy to counteract the risks of a globalized food system and promote sustainability. However, confusion abounds about what constitutes a local food system, and to date little evidence exists regarding the capacity of local food systems to support major metropolitan areas in the global North. This paper quantifies the ability of the Philadelphia region to support the dietary requirements of that city's population. Food production data for three foodshed scenarios in the Philadelphia region is analyzed and compared to the dietary requirements of the population based on federal dietary guidelines and current consumption patterns in the metropolitan region.


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Author Biographies

Peleg Kremer, University of Delaware

Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, University of Delaware.

Yda Schreuder, University of Delaware

Professor, Department of Geography, and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Energy and Environmental Policy, Department of Geography, University of Delaware, 216 Pearson Hall, Newark, DE 19716 USA.



How to Cite

Kremer, P., & Schreuder, Y. (2012). The Feasibility of Regional Food Systems in Metropolitan Areas: An Investigation of Philadelphia’s Foodshed. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 2(2), 171–191.