September 15th has been designated “Buy Fresh,
Buy Local, Select Michigan Day”, through a resolution introduced
by Representative David Farhat – 91st District. Michigan Food
& Farming Systems – MIFFS and the Michigan Department
of Agriculture – MDA have been partners for several local,
regional and state agricultural initiatives and are sponsors of
this state designated day. The resolution was unanimously passed
by the Michigan House to encourage citizens to “Buy Fresh
and Buy Local” which supports and preserves Michigan’s
agricultural heritage and contributes to the growth of the state’s
Agriculture is the second largest economic engine
in Michigan, second only to the automotive industry in terms of
economic contribution, adding over $37 billion to the state’s
economy each year. Michigan has excellent growing conditions for
many different types of vegetables, fruits, beans, grains and livestock.
It’s fertile soils, moderate climate, abundant water and innovative
production strategies enable farmers to grow over 125 different
products, making Michigan second only to California in diversity
When asked, Michigan residents prefer to purchase
products that are grown here in Michigan, and an increasing number
of residents are interested in learning more about where their food
comes from. Purchasing and eating locally grown and produced food
brings with it a multitude of benefits. Locally grown food is fresher
and higher in nutritional content and purchasing locally grown and
produced products benefits Michigan’s local communities by
improving the economic, environmental and social well being of those
communities and the state.
Spending just $10 per week on local
food would keep over $37 million circulating in Michigan.
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