Leopold Center recommends shift toward local foods


Source: Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

Iowans spend more than $8 billion on food annually, but only 14 percent is produced within the state. And though the state devotes some 86 percent of its land to farming, it lags in fruit and vegetable production, according to a new report from the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture.

The report, requested by the Iowa Legislature in an amendment last year, lists 34 recommendations to help the state cultivate more local foods.

The suggestions include creating a local foods coordinator and advisory board, and granting financial assistance, education and training to promote local foods businesses.

 

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