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Re: E-M:/ FW: Governor signs E.O. establishing Food Policy Council
Title: Re: E-M:/ FW: Governor signs E.O. establishing Food
Will there be an environmentalist on this Council?
At 9:37 AM -0400 6/8/05, Rita Jack wrote:
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2005 5:25 PM
Subject: Governor signs E.O. establishing Food Policy
Granholm Signs Executive Order Establishing Michigan Food Policy
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced the creation of the
Michigan Food Policy Council. The council will offer
recommendations on ways to increase economic development opportunities
in Michigan's food sector while improving agricultural production,
community well-being, and public health across the state.
council will help us cultivate a safe and healthy food supply for all
residents while building on Michigan's agricultural diversity and
enhancing economic growth," Granholm said. "This council
brings together business, agriculture and education to focus not just
on improving one industry, but strengthening the economy of the entire
was established by Executive Order 2005-13, which Granholm signed
today. The council's goals include expanding businesses and
jobs across food-related sectors in the state, increasing access to
fresh and healthy Michigan-grown foods, including for school children,
low-income families, at-risk seniors, and inner-city residents,
promoting the purchase and consumption of Michigan-grown and
Michigan-processed foods, and identifying strategies to enhance
connections between Michigan growers and Michigan food
will consist of 21 members, including 15 gubernatorial appointees.
The Directors of the Department of Agriculture, the Department of
Community Health, the Department of Environmental Quality, the
Department of Human Services, the Department of Labor and Economic
Growth, and the Superintendent of Public Instruction will serve as ex
officio members of the council.
report must be presented to the Governor by October 1,
to the council include:
Wood of Sanilac, president of the Michigan Farm Bureau, appointed
to represent Michigan agriculture organizations.
Byrum of Onondaga, president of the Michigan Agri-Business
Association, appointed to represent Michigan agriculture
Kobernik of Frankfort, co-owner of North Star Organics, appointed
to represent the sustainable agriculture
Hamm of Mason, C.S. Mott Chair of Sustainable Agriculture,
appointed to represent institutions of higher education.
Wheaton of Charlotte, principle at Charlotte High School,
appointed to represent K-12 schools.
Jordan-Woods of Kalamazoo, executive director of Northside
Association for Community Development, appointed to represent
community-based urban development activities.
West of Marquette, president of Northern Initiatives, appointed to
represent rural development activities.
Marshall of Lansing, CEO of the Food Bank Council of Michigan,
appointed to represent anti-hunger organizations.
Guzman of Detroit, Southwest community facilitator at Racial &
Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) and board member of the
Detroit Agriculture Network, appointed to represent public health
Rashid of Petoskey, owner of American Spoon, appointed to
represent food processors.
Herbert of Lansing, CEO of Neogen Corporation, appointed to
represent non-food manufacturers.
Wickstrom of Ann Arbor, owner of Heritage Foods, USA, and managing
partner of Zingerman's Deli, appointed to represent
The work of
the Michigan Food Policy Council will be funded primarily by a grant
from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.