As awareness of local food grows, more people are becoming interested in understanding the economic impacts of local food systems. While many of us may be motivated to buy local food by values like preserving farmland, supporting small businesses, and expanding access to fresh, healthy food, these goals are economic development goals. Economic growth is a much narrower measure centered on increases in jobs and sales, or monetary value. To be sure, economic growth is a limited way of judging success, but there are times when it is helpful to justify food system initiatives in terms of economic growth to decision-makers like funders or local government officials.
We get a lot of questions from the community about sourcing Non-GMO products. Here’s a sweet infographic from the Non-GMO Project on sourcing your Thanksgiving feast. From the folks at the Non-GMO Project. For more information about GMO and non-GMO food products be sure to visit the folks at Oryana in TC, and The Grain Train in Petoskey. They are local sources of deep knowledge on the subject.