New campaign to support Michigan Good Food is released — “Take your Place at the Table”

06/10/2014

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The Michigan Good Food Steering Committee invites Michigan residents to sign a resolution of support of the Michigan Good Food Charter.

Michigan “good food” is food produced in Michigan that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. 

The document guiding this work, the Michigan Good Food Charter, is a vision and roadmap to provide Michigan’s people, places and economies with a food system that is equitable, sustainable and supports thriving economies. The Charter outlines six goals to realize by 2020, such as ensuring that institutions buy 20 percent of their food from Michigan and that Michigan farmers profitably supply 20 percent of all foods purchased in the state.

To date, over 400 organizations and individuals have signed the resolution of support to demonstrate their commitment to increasing good food consumption in Michigan.

Natasha Lantz of the Marquette Food Coop states “The Charter was developed by the people for the people. It provides a common roadmap for all those involved in local food to work together toward clearly stated goals that will strengthen our state’s food system and economy.”

Every signature makes a difference.

Individuals and organizations in Michigan are invited to sign the Michigan Good Food Charter Resolution of Support by completing the form at www.michiganfood.org. By signing, Michigan residents will help encourage decision- and policymakers to promote growing, selling and buying good food across Michigan. Supporters’ names will be listed on the Michigan Good Food website.

There are many ways good food supporters can help achieve the goals of the Michigan Good Food Charter. Examples include, distributing copies of the charter summaries to friends and colleagues, connecting with a group working on developing local food systems or supporting activities that enable organizations and individuals to purchase more locally produced foods

For more ideas, to take action (including request copies of the charter summary) and to see who else is supporting the Michigan Good Food Charter, please visit www.michiganfood.org. There, you will also find more information on charter goals and some of the successes more than 400 organizations and individuals have had in working towards these goals.

The Michigan Good Food initiative promotes the advancement, through policy and action, of “Michigan good food” – food produced in Michigan that is healthy, green, fair and affordable. Through collaboration with organizations and individuals across Michigan, the initiative is advancing a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for all Michigan and its people. The Michigan Good Food Steering Committee, which directs the initiative, consists of organizational leaders committed to expanding Michigan good food from throughout the state. The initiative is coordinated by the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems.

For more information, contact: Jude Barry (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) or Kathryn Colasanti (.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address))

Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems

Tel: 517-432-0308 or 517-353-0642.