Hoosier Farmer? Emerging Food Systems in Indiana

“…if each Hoosier spent less than $5 per week buying food directly from Indiana farms, this would generate $1.5 billion of new farm income for state farmers—a 20% increase in farm revenue.”

“Meanwhile, in the tenth-largest farm state of the U.S. — in a country that prides itself on “feeding the world” — Indiana does not even feed itself. Hoosiers spend $16 billion per year buying food, $14.5 billion of which is sourced outside of the state.”

“If the purpose of a food system is to build health, wealth, connection, and capacity in Hoosier communities,15 the prevailing food system is failing on all four counts.”

In this report commissioned by the Indiana State Department of Health, Ken Meter of Crossroads Research Center tells the current story of farming in Indiana from the ground up, studying data and interviewing farmers and processors alike to capture the essence of the challenges current facing our state’s food systems and the creative solutions emerging in response. The report represents an invaluable foundation of information and ideas as we explore what it will take to localize our foodshed. Despite it’s size and gravity, the report is easy to read and clearly summarizes its key findings. It will certainly reinforce your knowledge of farming history, challenge your perception of our current food capacity, and inspire your vision for our future food systems.

The entire report can be downloaded here.

Several Goshen residents went to hear Ken speak about the report in Fort Wayne.  His presentation and the subsequent panel discussion can be viewed online here through youtube, or  here through vimeo.

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