The Michigan Good Food Charter and the Food and Farming Network
By Jude Barry, Ph.D MSU Center for Regional Food Systems
The Michigan Good Food Charter was developed in 2010 with many organizations from across Michigan and with leadership from the former Michigan Food Policy Council, the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems. The charter is a vision and roadmap to advance Michigan’s food and agricultural contributions to the economy, protect our natural resource base, improve our residents’ health, and enable generations of Michigan youth to thrive.
By 2020, we believe we can meet or exceed the following goals:
- Michigan institutions will source 20 percent of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors.
- Michigan farmers will profitably supply 20 percent of all Michigan institutional, retailer and consumer food purchases and be able to pay fair wages to their workers.
- Michigan will generate new agri-food businesses at a rate that enables 20 percent of food purchased in Michigan to come from Michigan.
- Eighty percent of Michigan residents (twice the current level) will have easy access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, 20 percent of which is from Michigan sources.
- Michigan Nutrition Standards will be met by 100 percent of school meals and 75 percent of schools selling food outside school meal programs.
- Michigan schools will incorporate food and agriculture into the pre-K through 12th grade curriculum for all Michigan students and youth will have access to food and agriculture entrepreneurial opportunities.
If you’ve already read the introduction to the FFN 2015 Report to the Community, this set of goals should sound very familiar to you. Soon after the Good Food Charter was developed, The Northwest Michigan Food and Farming Network was formed and they signed the resolution of support for the Charter and created the executive summary adopting modified versions of the goals of the charter. With a framework towards supporting the agricultural economy in the 10 counties of northwest Lower Michigan, the NWFFN’s goals align closely with the work of the Michigan Good Food Charter. We at the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems would like to extend our support and admiration to the NWFFN for their work in making change through the goals of the charter. Visit the Good Food Charter website.