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Local food is a powerful tool for improving health, local economies, social justice, and the environment—especially climate. It is one of the most positive, effective, and enjoyable ways of addressing climate change, and can readily engage all people in your community in this effort.
What Can You Do?
Building on previous citizen-driven rural climate dialogues in Morris, Grand Rapids and Winona, the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and the Jefferson Center convened a state meeting of rural Minnesota citizens, state agency representatives and non-profit organizations on September 8-9, 2016 in St. Paul. Rural citizens were selected from participants in the three dialogues and community leaders. Participating agencies and organizations included: MN Department of Agriculture, MN Pollution Control Agency, MN Department of Transportation, MN Department of Commerce, MN Environmental Quality Board, MN... read more
Your Local Foodshed
We suggest you think of your local foodshed as 1) the area that you should look to first for your food and 2) the area you should feel most responsible for in terms of its overall health and ability to maintain sustainable food production.
In order to maintain and increase our level of local food production, we need to ensure that our foodsheds are not only resilient to disruptions caused by climate change, but well-adapted to remain productive in a new and changing climate.
Mitigation is the Most Important Adaptation
Just as important, or actually more... read more
The Rural Climate Dialogue State Convening included presentations from:
- Anna Claussen - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
- Will Seuffert - Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
- Paul Moss - Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
- Mark Seeley - University of Minnesota Extension
- Brenda Hoppe - Minnesota Department of Health
- Kelly Asche - Center for Small Towns
- Michelle Gransee - Minnesota Department of Commerce
- Lissa Pawlisch - Clean Energy Resource Teams
- Philip Schaffner - Minnesota Department of Transportation
- Philipp Muessig - Minnesota... read more