Institute for Social, Economic & Ecological Sustainability
Our key finding is that the existing economic structures through which food products are bought
and sold extract about $800 million from the region's economy each year. All this money,
currently earned by Southeast Minnesota residents, is spent in ways that weaken the capacity of the
region to build wealth for its citizens. This is a significant loss, an amount equivalent to ten percent
of all household income earned by the region's 303,000 residents.
Finding Food In Farm Country is funded by the University of Minnesota's Southeast Minnesota Experiment in
Community Design Center's Hiawatha's Pantry Project is funded by the USDA Food Security Grant program
with additional support from the Bush Foundation of Minnesota.
Meter, Ken; Rosales, Jon.
Finding Food in Farm Country: The Economics of Food & Farming in Southeast Minnesota.
Institute for Social, Economic & Ecological Sustainability.
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