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Report explores multiple facets of EFSNE project

October 23, 2018

Members of the EFSNE team prepared a report for the USDA, entitled "A comprehensive review of the regional, inter-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary, food security, and systems facets of the EFSNE Project." It is available as a PDF here.

That’s a wrap: Seven-year deep dive into Northeast food system advances understanding of regional potential

September 16, 2018

After seven years of analyzing a number of consumption, distribution, production, and other aspects of the Northeast US food system, EFSNE researchers have made significant gains in understanding the extent to which the region can increase production of certain foods, and potentially better meet the food needs of low-income populations in the locations they studied. Findings and outputs from the project, which concluded earlier this year, will be useful to food system planners, policy makers, researchers and advocates interested in advancing regional food systems.

Baselines, trajectories, and scenarios: Production Team summarizes multiple analyses in newly published paper

September 13, 2018

Members of the EFSNE Production Team carried out seven analyses during the course of the project, focusing on the region’s current and potential production capacity.

An Examination of Food Purchasing Patterns in the Northeast using Multiple Datasets

July 13, 2018

In a forthcoming paper, we use three different datasets to characterize differences in purchasing patterns across income levels and rural-urban status of food shoppers in the Northeastern US.

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Piltch!

July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Emily Piltch, who received her doctoral degree from Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in 2018. While studying at Tufts, she also was a student member of the EFSNE Production Team for four years, working with Drs. Tim Griffin and Christian Peters.

Jeffries receives doctoral degree, continues on at Tufts as postdoctoral scholar

July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Graham Jeffries, who received his doctoral degree in Agriculture, Food and Environment from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University earlier this year. While pursuing his master’s degree at Tufts, Jeffries was a student member of the EFSNE project, working with Tim Griffin who co-leads the Production Team.

Lee receives doctoral degree, joins the Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law

July 6, 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Ryan Lee, who received his doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2017. While conducting his dissertation research, he also was a student member of the EFSNE Consumption Team.

Research briefs "translate" EFSNE manuscripts for a general audience

May 7, 2018

Outreach team members have produced several research briefs that serve to distill peer-reviewed journal articles authored by EFSNE team members into 2-4 page documents intended for a general audience. The briefs describe the issue(s) addressed by a particular research paper, outline the study’s objectives, methods, and findings, and discuss the implications and applications of the findings. Ten titles are currently available, and team members plan to release additional briefs in the coming months. If you'd like to be notified when new briefs are posted, email Kristen Devlin ( to be added to the mailing list.

Local events engage communities and share project findings (part 2 of 2)

May 7, 2018

In 2015 and 2016, several Consumption Team members hosted events that shared some of the results of the EFSNE project to engage community members on food and agriculture issues in their particular locations. The events, funded by a separate NIFA conference grant, were as diverse as the communities themselves. In some cases they resulted in new on-the-ground efforts to promote food access. These activities sought to stimulate thinking around taking regional level data on food and agricultural sectors and applying it to the local context. Here's what took place in Baltimore, MD, Dover, DE, and Charleston, WV.

New collection of papers explores Northeast U.S. food system, community engagement, and citizens’ perceptions of “regional foods”

February 12, 2018

For seven years a multidisciplinary team of more than 40 researchers has explored the extent to which a more robust regional food system in the Northeastern U.S. could improve food access in low-income communities and improve the long-term food security of the entire Northeast. Now, in an initial collection of three papers published in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, team members have summarized some of their findings.

Supply chain case studies explore how supermarkets source foods for low-income customers

January 30, 2018

EFSNE researchers at Cornell University have analyzed where Northeast supermarkets source the foods they sell to their low-income customers. These case studies offer policymakers a better understanding of how regional food systems could bring healthier food to low-income people in the Northeast, and are the first of their kind to be conducted in the region.

Researchers examining food security possibilities (American Farm)

May 2, 2016

Coverage of an EFSNE community-based event that took place in Dover, DE on April 5, 2016.

Experts keeping an eye on Beechview grocery in survey of Northeast food security (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

July 19, 2014

The project and its Pittsburgh-based activities are described in this story in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Feature Story: Enhancing Food Security in the Northeast (CSA News)

July 7, 2014

The cover story of the July 2014 issue of CSA News is a six-page feature story about the EFSNE project.

New tool simulates crop yields across entire East Coast (

May 5, 2014

The Geospatial Agricultural Management and Crop Assessment Framework (GAMCAF) developed by members of the Production Team is featured on the website of the American Society of Agronomy.