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Understanding Local Food Economics

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Data tilled up by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that 80 percent of the retail value of food (around $800 billion every year) goes into the fancy sport coats of agricultural middlemen--food processors, brokers, buyers--while farmers bank only 20 percent.

The Treasure Valley Food Coalition is fed up with those stats. A program of Sustainable Community Connections of Idaho, the TVFC is defined as "a network of community members working together to create a sustainable local food system."

In January 2009, the TVFC gathered citizens to discuss areas of the local food system that need to be assessed in order to revamp the local food economy. The TVFC raised funds to pay the Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis to do a local foods assessment, answering questions like: How much money is spent on food in the Treasure Valley? And what potential is there for economic development and job creation by eating more locally grown food?

On Thursday, June 3, at the Rose Room, Ken Meter of the CRC will present his findings. The TVFC will then take this data and help create a more robust and prolific local foods system, one in which we know the farmers who grow our veggies and pay them fairly for their work.

Thursday, June 3, 7:30-9 p.m., FREE, Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., 208-424-6665, sccidaho.org/node/5.

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