NEW DATA:Environmental Indictors, Prime Farmland and New Special
Data Layer Updates:
We have updated our map site to include Environmental Indicator data. Beginning last summer our Data Specialist, Julia Simons, began compiling data on the state of our environmental resources here in Maryland. Julia found a huge collection of indicators -- everything from nutrients in the Chesapeake Bay to brownfield environmental cleanup sites. The information shows impacts from the food system (such as agricultural runoff), and general environmental indicators such as watershed health. We are still in the process of compiling much of this data, but wanted to share the layers that are ready for display in the Maryland Food System map. Here's what you'll find in the Environmental Indicators category:
We will add more environmental information to our website as soon as we can.
We have also added a layer called "Prime Farmland," showing land that is best suited to "food, feed, forage, fiber, and oilseed crops" compiled by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. This data layer is located in the Agriculture category on the map.
We have also added "State Parks" under Points of Interest.
New Special Project:
We worked recently with Tufts University graduate student Eliza Davenport Whiteman to conduct an analysis of cattle slaughtering capacity in Maryland. This project is featured on our Special Projects page.
Maryland Food System Map in the News:
Finally, we thought we'd share a recent Johns Hopkins Magazine article, "From farm to plate to policy," about the Center's work, which includes the Maryland Food System Mapping Project.
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