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University encouraged to ‘eat local’

Members of the university community are being encouraged to participate in the Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge today (Sept. 5) through Sunday, Sept. 14, by spending at least 10 percent of their food budgets on locally grown and raised Wisconsin food during that 10-day period.

In announcing the challenge, First Lady Jessica Doyle noted that if every Wisconsin household spent 10 percent of its food budget on locally produced foods, the collective action would have a $2 billion impact on the state’s economy.

To learn more about the challenge and sign up to participate in it, visit this site.

The Wisconsin Eat Local Challenge was developed by a statewide team that included the UW-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, food producers, community volunteers and organizations.

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