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Topic: Food Policy

Michigan Environmental Council lays out policy agenda for 2017-2018

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Testing all children for lead exposure, passing a statewide code for septic systems and becoming the first state east of the Mississippi River to open an Office of Outdoor Recreation are among the priorities in a new policy agenda unveiled Monday by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreJan 30, 2017

Michigan Environmental Council Policy Priorities 2017-2018

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Following the Flint water crisis, it is clear that state government must refocus its attention on protecting public health and the environment. Michigan Environmental Council will focus on the following priorities in the 2017-2018 legislative session. These policy priorities were developed in collaboration with our member organizations from throughout Michigan.
Download ReportJan 30, 2017

MEC launches sustainable agriculture program to make Michigan a good food leader

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The Michigan Environmental Council has launched a new sustainable agriculture program to promote state, local and federal policies that support Michigan in growing a diverse abundance of food while promoting the long-term well-being of our water, wildlife and climate. Tom Zimnicki will lead the program as agriculture policy director, MEC announced Tuesday. Most recently, Zimnicki was a project scientist for Kieser and Associates, a Kalamazoo-based environmental science and engineering firm.
Read MoreNov 15, 2016

MEC applauds state recommendation to keep fish farms out of the Great Lakes

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The Michigan Environmental Council praised a recommendation from three state agencies that Michigan not allow net-pen aquaculture in the Great Lakes.
Read MoreMar 9, 2016

Fish farms don’t belong in the Great Lakes

Michigan Environmental Report
This article was originally published in the Detroit Free Press and is reprinted here with permission. Multiple proposals to put fish farms in our shared Great Lakes waters are under consideration by state officials. We find it deeply troubling that this idea is even on the table. Michigan officials have been approached with at least two proposals for fish farms, in Lake Michigan near Escanaba and off Rogers City in Lake Huron. State agencies have assembled a panel to look into these plans and explore the possibility of aquaculture in Michigan’s Great Lakes.
View ArticleFeb 19, 2016  •  Winter 2016 - Michigan Environmental Report

State should heed science panel's findings, keep fish farms out of Great Lakes

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State reports issued this week on proposals to farm fish in Michigan's public waters make it clear that commercial aquaculture has no place in the Great Lakes, environmental and conservation groups say. The reports were the product of workgroups assembled by the departments of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development to look into the scientific, environmental, economic and regulatory considerations regarding potential Great Lakes aquaculture.
Read MoreOct 30, 2015

Farmers markets explode in Michigan, bringing economic, environmental benefits

Michigan Environmental Report
Here’s some economic news to brighten your summer and provide a catalyst for green jobs that can’t be outsourced: Michigan leads the country in the production of many tasty fruits and vegetables, and the next few months are prime time to find them at your local farm markets and roadside stands.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Agriculture

Seasonal produce! Your choices help make or break the planet

Michigan Environmental Report
For those who love fresh food, summer is high season in Michigan. Farmers’ markets, roadside vegetable stands and rural vistas of fertile fields inspire a sense of abundance and provide a chance to sample food the way it used to be—locally grown and rich with flavor. If the future of food doesn’t recapture some of that spirit, however, the air, water and other natural resources of the planet will be in growing jeopardy.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Agriculture

Fuel for thought

Michigan Environmental Report
An older British woman once described how as a child she would savor the first strawberries picked in season. Nowadays, she said, they just don’t taste as good because you can buy them any time you want at the supermarket. What, besides nostalgia for a simpler and sweeter time, do we really pay for year-round strawberries? For starters, consider the embedded energy resources they represent.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Food Policy

College’s organic farm maintains link between growers and consumers

Michigan Environmental Report
About 570 students graduated from the Michigan State University College of Agriculture this year, but only 10% studied the actual production of food. As the farming population ages, fewer young people learn historical or even cutting-edge farming techniques. MSU’s student organic farm continues to marry that cutting-edge learning with traditional agricultural practices.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Agriculture, Food Policy

Finding closest farmers’ markets only a few mouse clicks away

Michigan Environmental Report
For Michiganders, summer means a chance to sample a wide variety of produce, much of it grown right here and available at roadside stands and farmers’ markets.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Agriculture, Food Policy

Food and farming on agenda in Lansing, Washington

Michigan Environmental Report
Here’s a roundup of some notable recent or pending actions on food policy in the world of policy-making, politics and research:
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Legislation

Variety of strategies used to help keep Michigan farmland from disappearing

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan boasts some of the most productive agricultural soils in the world. The diversity of our farm production is second only to California, and farming contributes more than $60 billion each year to Michigan’s economy.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Massive factory farms must play by the rules, and tough new rules are desparately needed

Michigan Environmental Report
Huge factory farms, known as Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), need to be more accountable to the environment and public health, contends a coalition including the Michigan Environmental Council, Sierra Club Michigan Chapter, Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan and many others.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

Cultivating a saner federal farm policy

Michigan Environmental Report
Farmers, livestock producers and private forest owners manage more than 30% of Michigan’s landscape. Their decisions dramatically impact water quality, the fate of rare wildlife and even the pace of sprawl.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Agriculture, Food Policy

Personal choices and Sen. Stabenow: Both factors in how farms protect or destroy our environmental values

Michigan Environmental Report
I’m ashamed to admit it, but at dinner time I’m a pretty lousy environmentalist. I still eat too high on the food chain (environmental-speak for red meat and other animal flesh); and I seldom organize my weekend around getting to our farmers’ market.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy, Legislation

Where did your dinner come from?

Michigan Environmental Report
Editor’s note: Former MEC Policy Associate Kristin Brooks is now the coordinator of the Michigan Food Policy Council, established in 2005 by Gov. Jennifer Granholm. We asked our alumnus for thoughts on the Council’s report, released in the fall of 2006.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Food Policy
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