Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2011

Keywords

Cumberland, Foodshed, Maine, economy, local foods, food system, NEEFC

Abstract

Like everyone else in these troubled economic times, Mainers are looking for ways to create jobs that will remain relevant and vital in a global economy, that cannot be outsourced, and that will regenerate rather than exploit our natural resources.

A growing number of people believe that a food system rooted in local farms, fisheries, and food production and distribution enterprises can strengthen Maine’s economy and its communities’ health, thereby increasing revenue and decreasing an expense that is crippling government agencies and individuals alike – healthcare. Business people who want to make a living related to food, and public and government agencies that are responsible for our health and safety, are recognizing that each group’s interests can be served by a collaborative effort to increase local food production and consumption – to put it in the words of the Eat Local Foods Coalition, “to put more Maine food on more Maine tables more often.”