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Local Food: Lay of the Land

March 26, 2009 | By Patty Cantrell
Great Lakes Bulletin News Service

Several Michigan regions have taken stock of their food and farm assets and potential, including southeast Michigan’s five-county Food System Economic Partnership and northwest Lower Michigan’s Taste the Local Difference team of business development partners. There’s more on their studies at, respectively, www.fsep.organd www.localdifference.org.

A do-it-yourself guide to community food assessment is available through the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at Michigan State University, www.mottgroup.msu.edu.

For a look at Community Food Assessments across the nation, see http://www.foodsecurity.org/.

Find the American Planning Association’s Policy Guide on Community and Regional Food Planning at www.planning.org.

See the San Francisco foodshed report at http://www.farmland.org/ and the Greater Philadelphia Food System Study at www.dvrcp.org.

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