Residents import less food and eat more products that are sustainably grown and processed in Michigan. Small, Michigan-owned farms provide a large diversity of food and fiber, and are known nationally for expertise in unique agricultural products (honey, beer, apples, cherries, etc.). Michigan provides its own residents with a consistent supply of fresh meat and organic produce, and exports a wide range of these goods nearly all year round.
IN 20 YEARS - Michigan produce is commonly eaten in the state nearly year-round, and more people in the state demand to know where their food is grown and what methods are used. The federal Farm Bill better reflects and supports sustainable and local food production methods.
IN 10 YEARS - State government and school food purchases are frequently grown locally with sustainable farming practices, and nearly all are grown in Michigan. Michigan's Good Food Charter is the basis of policy discussions in Lansing, and food is more fairly priced based on the life-cycle costs such as transportation, water use, and fertilizer, resulting in more food systems targeting their local communities and local markets
IN 2 YEARS - The State has developed a successful "Grown in Michigan" labeling program that clearly identifies Michigan-grown and Michigan-made foods, particularly fresh produce, meat and value-added products like wine.