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Michigan has long been proud of its diverse agricultural profile. Many growers are active in the “buy local” movement through farmers’ markets and food hubs. Now, MSU and the Ann Arbor-based Ecology Center are launching the Michigan Food to Institution Network.

Current State #195 | November 5, 2013

Nov 5, 2013

Today on Current State: the history behind Michigan women’s suffrage; election fatigue; Michigan’s blue economy; local hard cider; and the MSU 360-24 project.

Michigan apple industry buoyed by hard cider demand

Nov 5, 2013
Emanuele Berry

According to market researcher IBISWorld, hard cider sales have increased an average 27.5% annually during the last five years.

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The local food movement is a growing economic and cultural force in Michigan.  We’ve had a number of conversations on this program about efforts to build sustainable regional food systems, which go beyond farmers markets and food hubs.

Today, some local private businesses are joining MSU and state officials to announce the next step for mid-Michigan–the creation of a “food innovation district”. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.

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The locavore movement has taken off in the last five years at least. This notion that consuming food that is raised and grown close to where we live was even given a memorable send-up in the hit IFC comedy "Portlandia." 

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