Superior Compact Purchasing Committment
WHEREAS, a local food system can create farming, processing and distribution jobs and increased regional economic resilience; and
WHEREAS, building a local food system can provide fresher and healthier foods that can address the obesity epidemic that has resulted in increased food related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes; and
WHEREAS, building a local food system can reduce food transportation, soil erosion and ground water contamination with an increased direct relationships between the farmers and the consumers; and
WHEREAS, building a local food system can revive small towns, rural schools, businesses, and support the development and diversification of the rural infrastructure throughout our region; and
WHEREAS, the Western Lake Superior region has the agricultural potential to produce adequate supplies of healthy food necessary for a balanced diet,
Our organization supports the goal to purchase 20% locally grown foods* by the year 2020.
Name and Title:___________________________________
*Locally Grown constitutes food produced from:
Minnesota Counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, St. Louis
Wisconsin Counties: Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer, Washburn
Ontario Counties: Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay or a 100 miles from the purchasing entity.
For processed foods with multiple ingredients, at least 50% by weight of ingredients must be produced within the Compact region.