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dc.contributor.authorSullivan, Charlotte
dc.date.accessioned2014-09-26T19:17:23Z
dc.date.available2014-09-26T19:17:23Z
dc.date.created2014-05
dc.date.issued2014-09-26
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/123456789/473
dc.descriptionA Cost Benefit and Life Cycle Analysis of Distant and Local Farming Systemsen_US
dc.description.abstractAs the population of the world continues to exponentially increase, so have the demands for food and America’s agricultural production has transformed in order to meet these needs. Today’s conventional methods have shifted to systems of heavy synthetic chemical use, large farm size, and mass transportation, causing degrading effects on the environment and human health. An alternative, more sustainable method of production is becoming increasingly important. A life cycle analysis was done in this study to assess the environmental impact of Local and Distant farms with respect to Conventional and Organic systems and determined which of the four systems contributes a greater impact. A cost benefit analysis for local and super markets was done to compare the economic cost of each system. The results showed that distant conventional farms have a higher impact compared to the other farming types, with local organic showing the least impact. In the CBA, price was not found to have a correlation by the distance traveled. These results suggest that the most conventional method of farming is contributing to environmental degradation, and that this impact is not being accounted for in the price or produce but is actually making it cheaper for the consumers to buy.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipCarthage College - Environmental Science Senior Thesisen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectA Cost Benefit and Life Cycle Analysis of Distant and Local Farming Systemsen_US
dc.titleA Cost Benefit and Life Cycle Analysis of Distant and Local Farming Systemsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US


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