Project ID

M2009-15

Abstract

The variations among transportation costs for local, regional and conventional food production and distribution systems were investigated for three Iowa counties.

Key Question

What is the true cost of moving food products on the highway system, including transportation, environmental, safety, and pavement maintenance and deterioration costs?

Findings

The research used existing tools and data to answer the question. The Highway Economic Requirements System (HERS-ST) was used to calculate some of the above costs.

Principal Investigator(s)

Omar Smadi

Co-Investigator(s)

Inya Nienanya, Marwan Ghandour, Silvina Lopez Barerra

Year of Grant Completion

2011

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