In its report of recommendations from September 2013, Michigan Food Policy Council made focusing on local food and agriculture a prime initiative. They noted the ability of local, healthy Michigan foods to not only help address serious health and wellness issues in the state, but to create jobs and aid economic growth in disadvantaged communities:

 

“The demand for locally-produced food is huge and the food sector has tremendous potential to create new jobs and stable employment in economically disadvantaged urban and rural communities. At the same time, a more accessible and nutritious food supply can positively impact serious health issues, such as Michigan’s high obesity rate and the incidence of diet-related chronic disease.”

 

For more information, you can read the entire report here.

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