Colasanti & simmons Good Food Charter


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  • So with that context in mind, we developed a vision statement to reflect what we want Michigan to be in the 21st century and how the food system relates to that
  • So what does that mean? What would our food system look like if we achieved that vision?Now these are long-term aims to strive for, but over the next 10 years, we think we can make significant progress towards these aims
  • The charter lays out 6 specific goals that we think we can achieve by 2020 and that will have a major impact on moving us towards greater sustainability, equity and a thriving economyRight now, according to the MI Dept. of Agriculture, 59% of Michigan residents – some of whom are living in each of the 83 counties of our state – don’t have adequate access to healthy foodMichigan is currently discussing state level nutrition standards and we’re proposing that as those are adopted more schools continue to phase out selling foods – through vending machines, a la carte sales, at sports games – that do not meet these standards
  • Another way that we can support Michigan farmers, indirectly, as well as really catalyze economic development through the food system is to start to incentivize Michigan marketsWe think there are opportunities where an initial infusion of dollars could help build the connections between growers and sellers in ways that would have a long term benefit of circulating Michigan dollars in Michigan communitiesRight now schools spend about 20-30 cents per lunch of fruits and vegetables. If we designated economic development funds to match what they already spend with an additional 10 cents for the purchase of Michigan-grown produce, based on the 142 million lunches served annually, that would mean 14 million for Michigan farmersIf the full 30 cents per meal budget was designated for Michigan produce, it would represent more than 42 millionAnd I should note here too that some of these things have price tags associated with them. And we do realize that the state is in a budget crisis and that there is not a lot of room for new spending. But we also realize that there are decisions made all the time about how state money is spent and we do spend money on economic development. And we want to make the argument that deciding to divert money that the state is already spending to some of these priorities presents an opportunity to build up our ag economy and promote healthier people and more vibrant communities.
  • - Some strategies cut across food system sectors and really get at supporting the economic development of the food system comprehensively
  • - And finally, some strategies included in the charter relate to the people that make up the food system, including our youth who represent our future food and agriculture economy
  • So now we want to turn the discussion to how to take all the priorities that have been identified in the charter and make sure they get heardAnd how to use the charter to engage a broad range of stakeholders in these issuesAnd particularly how to use the charter to inform the upcoming electionsSo we have some ideas and we have some forthcoming resources to support them but we also want to engage you all in a discussion of what you think makes sense from your perspective and based on the people you work with and the community you are a part of
  • Colasanti & simmons Good Food Charter

    1. 1. The Michigan Good Food Charter<br />Kathryn Colasanti<br />Academic Specialist<br />C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU<br />Kirsten Simmons<br />Executive Director<br />Michigan Food Policy Council<br />
    2. 2. Process to the Good Food Charter<br />
    3. 3. Economic Development Potential<br />12 Billion Pounds Needed in Mich.<br />
    4. 4. Opportunity: Good Food<br />WHAT IF… 10 Million Michigan Residents Had Good Food Daily?<br />Michigan Would Be the Place To Be<br />
    5. 5. The Time Has Come<br />To Develop a <br />Locally-Integrated Food System in Michigan<br />A dynamic blend of local direct; local indirect; regional; national and global<br />With criteria for “local”<br />If we can we should<br />
    6. 6. Michigan in the 21st Century<br />We envision <br />a thriving economy, equity and sustainability <br />for all of Michigan and its people <br />through a food system rooted in local communities <br />and centered on good food—<br />food that is healthy, green fair and affordable.<br />
    7. 7. Michigan in the 21st Century<br />Thriving Economy<br />Our farms and food businesses sustain farmers, owners and workers and contribute to vibrant Michigan communities.<br />Equity<br />Sustainability<br />We have a diverse and resilient food system that protects our cultural, ecological and economic assets.<br />All people have access to good, Michigan-grown food, and our young people can thrive.<br />
    8. 8. Goals for the Next Ten Years<br />MI institutions source 20% of food from MI<br />MI farmers profitably supply 20% of all MI markets and pay fair wages<br />Generate businesses at a rate that enables 20% of MI food to come from MI<br />80% of MI residents will have good food access<br />100% of school meals and 75% of schools selling food will meet MI Nutrition Standards<br />MI schools will incorporate food & ag into preK-12 curricula<br />
    9. 9. The Food System: All Components Work Together<br />
    10. 10. Supporting Michigan Farmers<br />
    11. 11. Incentivizing Michigan Markets<br />
    12. 12. Prioritizing Michigan Eaters<br />
    13. 13. Realizing Economic Development through the Food System<br />
    14. 14. Cultivating a Good Food Culture<br />
    15. 15. What Can You Do?<br />Review the charter<br />Identify candidates in your area<br />Ask candidates what they would do to support priorities that are important to you<br />Post candidate responses on FoodSpeak listserv<br />Plan a regional good food candidate discussion<br />YOUR IDEAS<br />
    16. 16. Special Thanks to Our Sponsors<br />
    17. 17. Thank you!<br />