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Saturday, January 18 • 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Exploring the Potential to Expand Northeast Ruminant Meat Production

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With ample rainfall, a temperate climate, and rolling topography, the Northeast U.S. should have significant biological capacity to produce grass-finished meat. Realizing this potential, however, requires confronting economic, logistical, and other practical barriers to the development of viable supply chains. The USDA-funded “Overcoming Supply Chain Barriers to Expanding Northeast Ruminant Meat Production” project [NIFA Award No. 2016-68006-24744] began in 2016 with the goal of better understanding how much grass-finished meat the region could produce. Over the past four years, the team has explored these issues in consultation with a group of stakeholder advisers using a variety of methods. We have conducted a survey of USDA-inspected slaughter facilities, performed a case study of an active supply chain, and used modeling to estimate the biological capacity of the region to produce meat and the economics of processing and distributing that meat with existing infrastructure. This talk will present a synthesis of what we learned. 

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Dr. Christian Peters

Tufts University
Dr. Peters’ research interests lie in the developing field of sustainability science, within the thematic area of food systems. Within this broad, trans-disciplinary field, Dr. Peters focuses on the modeling of food systems.


Saturday January 18, 2020 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Theater - Lake Morey Resort Fairlee, VT, USA

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