Economic Development That Works: Local Food

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    The Cleveland Foundation gave a grant to Michael Shuman, author of The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (Berrett-Koehler Publishers) to study the economic development possibilities of locally grown food. Shuman released his study today, and his findings include....

    * This area has a major institutional commitment to local food already, and leveraging that could take the 1% of locally grown food consumed to 25% within a decade.

    * That 25% level would create 27,000 new jobs, enough to employ 1 out of 8 unemployed people in the region.

    * The increase would also increase state and local tax collections by $126 million per year.

    Increasing the level of locally grown, locally produced food would provide lots of healthier, fresher food in food deserts where there is limited access to stores. It would likely bring down obesity and diabetes, as well as reduce unemployment and welfare costs. And it would have some impact on carbon emissions tied to food transportation.

    Shuman proposes to use vacant city lots as farmland, as well as expanding farming in local rural areas.

    Expanded local-food system can benefit Cleveland, study shows | cleveland.com

    I think this is genius and Shuman's book is now on my "must read" list. Off the top of my head, I wonder how far he proposes to take keeping livestock inside the city; what thought he gave to theft and vandalism losses; who would bear the brunt of lost peoperty value if a lot or acreage is rezoned for farming, etc. This cannot work if the advocates are too pollyanna about the planning, but Cleveland is hardly replete with glassy-eyed optimists.

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    What are they planting this time of year in Cleveland?
     
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    I saw a report where more taxpayer money was given to the $trillion Agri-Business than anytime in the history of this country.
    They provide meat with shit in it (literally) and we give them direct taxpayer monies to do it...while they make VERY nice profits.
     
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    I wondered about that as well, Revere. NE Ohio is in Zone 5 for Plant Hardiness. We have severe winters and possibly shorter growing seasons that other parts of the country....but I assure you, it is more'n possible to grow virtually anything on offer at a farmer's market here, except for citrus.

    The question of winter seems to me more interesting as to livestock than as to plants. How anxious is anyone going to be to live next door to Bessie the cow when it is 20 degrees below outside? How would her keeper get to her to feed and water her during a blizzard?

    But I think these problems could be addressed; after all, this used to be a nation of predominately rural, predominately farming communities....including NE Ohio.
     
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    These utopias the greenies dream about are really over the top.
     
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    Ohio's largest products produced are milk and pigs. The pig farms downstate are ginormous polluters and very poorly regulated. Who wouldn't pay more for locally grown, humanely treated meat that has been fed and dressed in a more sanitary fashion? At the very least, such microfarms could supply the growing local demand for gourmet meats. (For whatever reason, Cleveland has been experiencing growth in very high-end restaurants, even five star quality ones. Hard to believe, but nonetheless true.)
     
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    Because it will double your price when the economies of scale are taken away.

    These are thinly veiled attempts to get you to eat less livestock, period.
     
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    First off Maddie, they are going to attempt to this in bad 'hoods.... I can't imagine it being profitable.
     
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    It's the same old shit. All they want to do is shove companies who are successful because they do things really well and deliver a product at a price consumers like, over a cliff.
     
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    Mebbe so, and in that case it is being presented dishonestly because the whole thrust of the work is economic development, not some foodie campaign. But Ohioans are among the most obese people in the US and it is true, a diet higher in veggies will almost always lead to weight loss. We can certainly tolerate economic development that has health benefits to our residents.

    I wonder, did you mean locally grown fruits and veggies will not work, or just locally grown livestock?
     

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