Much attention has been given to how far food travels and if our current food production, distribution and consumption patterns/habits are efficient and environmentally friendly. A large part of this issue has been directed at where our food comes from.
In particular, where large institutions that feed many people purchase there food from. In addition, there has been an increasing interest in where the food that people consume as they eat at home and inrestaurants comes from?
In response to this important issue, the Chippewa Valley Center for Economic Research and Development (CVCERD) began its Wisconsin Local Food Project in 2007. The project goals were simple; to provide an applied analysis documenting the degree to which locally produced food is consumed in Western Wisconsin.
To this end, the CVCERD conducted several analyses including a variety of local food purchasing surveys of school district and college food service departments as well as restaurants and households.
In addition, The Foodlums student organization at UWEC sponsors a variety of local food events and also maintains a small campus garden. More information on the Foodlums can be found on their website at http://foodlums.blogspot.com/.
Just Local Food Cooperative is also a good resource to obtain local/healthy foods as well as to learn more about the importance of eating local foods as part of a healthy diet. More information about the Just Local Food Cooperative can be found on their website at http://justlocalfood.blogspot.com/.
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