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Greg Bowen

Greg Bowen

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Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Maryland and Food Self-Sufficiency


Lexington Market in Baltimore City. Library of Congress

This post first ran April 30, 2015, on Farm Views.

As recently as 70 years ago, Maryland was virtually food self-sufficient, with local farmers providing nearly all the food staples. Since then, modern agriculture practices, food business models, and improved transportation systems have reduced food prices and provided a much wider variety of fruits and vegetables and processed goods in supermarkets. Trade agreements allowed tariff free imports to lower prices and increase variety even more. For a number of reasons, Maryland farms (and East Coast farms in general) have not been able to compete in a number of food products and acres of those products decreased dramatically by the end of the 20th century. Read More >