Network aims to boost Michigan-produced food

A new network aims to connect farmers, food processors and food service directors as part of an effort to increase the amount of Michigan-produced food served in schools, hospitals and other institutions, officials said Thursday.
AP Wire
Apr 6, 2014

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the nonprofit Ecology Center environmental group announced the launch of the Michigan Farm to Institution Network.

"The timing to initiate this network is right," Colleen Matts, a Center for Regional Food Systems specialist and Michigan Farm to Institution Network co-coordinator, said in a statement. "We continue to see local food purchasing grow in Michigan's schools, hospitals and other institutions."

Organizers want schools, child care centers, hospitals, colleges and universities to get 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors by 2020. The Center for Regional Food Systems said that food service directors have expressed interest in the idea.

The Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center is working with Michigan hospitals on the effort. A campaign called "Cultivate Michigan" aims to help institutions reach the goal, featuring four local, seasonally available foods each year to help support the effort.

Online:

http://www.foodsystems.msu.edu

Comments

happycamper

I totally agree and how about the rest like the food markets here in Michigan, during the growing season you buy produce from Mexico and California, witch is really stupid, i always believed by local when you can, love those Michigan grown tomatoes and how about the blueberries, there from Mexico, even tho we have the farmers market at cost higher then the local stores

Real estate maven

Sounds like a great idea to me. Nothing better than produce grown in our State.

Wolverine49457

Other than family...when I lived down south the two things I missed the most was the water and local produce and fruits. I agree we should do a better job of promoting food grown in Michigan and the lunch lines and cafeterias across the state is a good place to start. Also more visibility in the chain markets especially, perhaps we could introduce packaging with the Pure Michigan logo on things certified to have been fully produced here. Having gone through a local high school lunch line I say please add many more fruits and veggies and less greasy and/or salty stuff...Yuck.

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