Putting local back into food
I attended the 2009 Healthy Food Policy Forum yesterday not knowing what to expect. The event, at the American Royal, covered many subjects but the main one was changing laws in both Kansas and Missouri to take advantage of local food. As keynote speaker Marion Nestle (yes, that Marion Nestle) explained, “The Midwest, Kansas, is where the farmers are. There’s opportunities to put these principles in practice more than people on the East Coast because of the land.”
The 200 or so attendees were fired up to do that. They included people from the State of Kansas, tiny non-profits, organic-food-lovers, urban-gardeners and slow food proponents, among others. But the most interesting conversations were among people who weren’t there as part of their jobs, but because of concern about getting more local food.