Local Food Systems and Community Economic Development

Many people agree that there are unintended consequences associated with the manner in which our food supply chain has evolved. These concerns range in focus from health, to environment, to economic structure, to social justice. But, for each argument critical of our current food system, there are to be found strong counter-arguments; the popular press […]

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New resource serves as road map for Wisconsin’s food entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs thinking about starting or scaling up a food processing business can find a way to make their dreams a reality with the help of the newly released Wisconsin Food Processing Guide: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs and Managers, available from the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Authors Jenifer A. Buckley and Elena M. Byrne worked with UW-Extension, the Dept. […]

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New Choices Article on Rural Poverty, Food Access, and Public Health Outcomes

The complex relationships between poverty and health outcomes are well-documented, and promoting access to healthier foods in rural areas may help mitigate the poverty-health relationship. Many complexities in the causes of health outcomes are yet to be understood, however, including the effects of food access in rural areas on poverty and health. Rural Poverty, Food […]

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A Look at the Data: Food Systems & Public Health

On July 22 UW- Extension State Specialists Amber Canto (Poverty & Food Security Specialist) and Laura Brown (Community Development Specialist) traveled to Charleston for the Annual Community Development Society conference to present “Connections and Opportunities in the Midwest Regional Food System: Using Secondary Data to Identify links between Public Health and Food Systems,” a project […]

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