healthy food

MSU News, Aug 9 2012

Most of America’s urban cores were designed for walking but offer little in the way of supermarkets, healthy restaurants and other amenities for residents to walk to, according to a study led by a Michigan State University scholar.

The study is one of the first to show that poor residents living in declining urban neighborhoods want healthy food choices -- evidenced by their willingness to travel long distances to find them. Past research has generally assumed that poor people will shop at whatever store is closest.

MSU News, Jul 9 2012

The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) has been awarded a $450,000 grant by The Kresge Foundation. The grant will support CRFS in developing and providing leadership to a food hub network in Michigan over the next three years.

Nearly six out of 10 Michigan residents live in a place that has inadequate access to the food necessary for a healthy daily diet, according to Michigan Department of Agriculture data (2009). Ironically, Michigan has the second most diverse agriculture in the nation and is the leading producer of many healthy foods, including dry beans, blueberries, tart cherries and squash.