Ken Meter

Ken Meter, executive director of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, also had a previous life as an independent journalist covering food and trade issues. His pioneering work on food systems and the economics of food makes him one of the top food system analysts in the U.S. His "Finding Food in Farm Country" studies galvanized local foods activity in 45 regions in 20 states, and in one Canadian province. An international leader in sustainability measurement, he directed the public process for the award-winning Minneapolis sustainability plan. He also specializes in systems work, serving as an associate of Human Systems Dynamics Institute. You can learn more about his work at http://www.crcworks.org/

Chicken little

In a Minnesota project, free-range chickens spell broad-based economic development

Ecomomic splendor in the grass. I just completed a profile of one of the most exciting food production ideas I have seen in a long time.  Hillside Farmers Co-op. in Northfield, Minnesota, initiated by Latino …

Minnesota food system study — building trust is good business

Minnesota food system study — building trust is good business   I just published a new study of the Minnesota food system.  The main take-home message is that building trust is good for business.  Close …

Grow your farmer ...

USDA to unveil “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative

Vast potential: a farm grows in Brooklyn. Photo: Added ValueAs I prepare for five days of announcements next week, when USDA plans to unveil its new “Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food” initiative, the buzz …

Do you carrot all about local food?

Tell USDA to add urban farming to the Ag Census! Deadline is Friday.

If you care about eating healthy food, you are probably already hard at work to build a better food supply for yourself.  You already know that raising food in our cities will be increasingly important.  …

(Soy)bean counting

Direct and organic farm sales rise rapidly, new census shows

Direct sales from farmers rose 49 percent, and organic farm sales more than tripled from 2002 to 2007, new USDA farm census data show. USDA released the 2007 Agriculture Census data today, giving Americans a …

Organic food sales slow a bit

Just as large retailers enter the market

Although a recent Wall Street Journal report properly touts the impressive upward trend of organic-food sales, data cited in the story show that the actual rate of growth in organic sales is falling slightly, just …

What would be in your ideal farm bill?

The U.S. needs a food bill more than a farm bill

<img src="http://grist.org/images/home/2006/03/13/farmer-on-tractor_150.jpg" class="blog4" width="150" height="100" America is scheduled to write a new farm bill in 2007. With the World Trade Organization ruling that our farm subsidies distort trade, and public expenses for flood relief and …

U.S. about to become net food importer

Food imports may force new food policies

A little over a year ago The Wall Street Journal (31 Jan 2005) reported that the U.S. would become a net food importer on a more or less permanent basis by the end of 2005. …