Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery—Nov. 14

Please join FairShare CSA Coalition for a free talk by Ken Meter, one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States, as he discusses challenges and solutions for the issues in our nation’s food system. His work serves as a national model for analyzing rural economics.

Meter will present “Local Food as a Strategy for Economic Recovery” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 at the UW Madison Soils Building, room 270, 1525 Observatory Dr., Madison. This event  is FREE and open to the public.

Our nation spends hundreds of billions of dollars annually on medical treatment for food-related diseases. At the same time, the United States is mired in a tepid economic recovery.

Meter will make the case that the emergent and energetic work around local food systems currently being undertaken in communities throughout the United States is the essential work required to create economic recovery. This is so because food is an essential component of life and an expense undertaken by all on a recurring basis. If our society is to remain healthy and avoid burdensome medical costs, we must make sure that everyone has access to healthy food and has the skills to prepare this food safely. This presentation will draw upon the speaker’s experiences working in urban and rural communities, as well as economic analyses of farm and food economies in 30 states.

“We know that CSAs and local food purchases are powerful ways to utilize our dollars to empower and build our local economies,” said Kiera Mulvey, FairShare’s executive director. “Ken’s talk will contextualize these localized movements within the wider discussions of local, regional, and national economic recovery and highlight the critical role of local food movements.”

Meter’s talk is the final presentation in the Year of CSA Speaker Series celebrating the 20th anniversary of CSA in Wisconsin and FairShare CSA Coalition (formerly Madison Area CSA Coalition, or MACSAC). Meter’s talk is co-sponsored by the UW Lecture Series; promotional partnership provided by the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS), Urban and Regional Planning Department, UW Slow Food, F.H. King Students for Sustainable Agriculture, Community and Environmental Sociology, REAP, UW Extension Dane County, WI Foodie, Community Groundworks, and Sustain Dane.

For more information, please contact FairShare CSA Coalition at or call (608) 226-0300.