From Farm-to-Fork, statewide action plan

November 13, 2008 at 11:45 am Leave a comment

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems at N.C. State University is reaching out to sustainable farmers, policymakers, educators, eateries, food cooperatives, and related projects across the state, asking: “What will it take to build a sustainable local food economy in North Carolina? ” Various organizations from the mountains to the coast are already promoting and implementing exciting initiatives to support and promote sustainable local agriculture. CEFS wants to harness their knowledge and energy to create a Statewide Action Plan for Building the Local Food Economy.

They say that if each North Carolinian spent 25 cents a day on local food (2.5 percent of the estimated $3600 per year that we spend on food consumption), it would mean $792 million for the state’s economy, money that circulates and stays here and has a multiplier effect.

CEFS and its partners are gathering information from across food system sectors, through regional meetings, targeted issues discussions, interviews and, ultimately, a statewide summit on March 2-3, 2009. The Statewide Action Plan would provide short- and long- term steps that policymakers, universities, government agencies, environmental organizations, businesses, funding agencies, social activitists, NGOs and citizens can take to make a sustainable local food economy a reality.

To join the listserve, contact amber_polk@ncsu.edu. To learn about regional meetings and the statewide summit, see the website.

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