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Understanding How Michigan Institutions Define Local Food

Originally Published by the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems

We wanted to know more about how Michigan institutions define local food, so during the summer we conducted an informal online survey through our networks. We hope that by establishing some common understandings of what “local” means, we can help make local food more accessible and easier to identify and source.

We found that though institutions use a range of different definitions (or a combination of definitions), there is substantial overlap, and over half of surveyed institutions use a definition that includes “grown or raised in the state of Michigan,” which aligns with the definition used by the MI Good Food Charter and the Cultivate Michigan campaign. We hope that by establishing some common understandings of what “local” means, we can help make local food more accessible and easier to identify and source.


 Read the Report Here: Understanding How Michigan Institutions Define Local Food