Videos tagged as 'michael shuman'

NEO Food Study- NEO Food Authority

Michael Shuman, Project Director for the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan, discusses the need to develop a blueprint for a NEO Food Authority as a way to raise some initial capital to finance a variety of key local food meta-businesses. Solving the capital problem, he contends, will unleash a variety of businesses and activities in local food systems and support future growth. He envisions the eventual creation of multiple food authorities to support and capitalize efforts across the NEO region, but emphasizes the need to start with one model organization. The NEO Food Authority would provide a new type of organization that supports more self-sustaining efforts that facilitate a stronger local food economies, from business to business matching to local currencies or consumer mobilization.

NEO Food Study- Local Food and Economic Development

Michael Shuman talks about the importance of appropriate government involvement in supporting local food systems. Unfortunately, many current public policies create an uneven playing field that is stacked against local food businesses. Leveling the playing field can include such public policies procurement reforms, zoning and land-use reforms, mobilizing public health services to center campaigns around local food, and looking at opportunities for public employee pension funds to be partially invested in local food-related businesses.

NEO Local Food Infrastructure

Michael Shuman, project director for the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan talks about the need to build a supporting infrastructure for local food systems to increase opportunities and reduce barriers to entry for farmers and food entrepreneurs. He refers to the local food assessment recommendations for creating food hubs, kitchen incubators, and processing facilities to provide access to equipment and facilities that, in many cases, would be too expensive for businesses to afford on their own. Stronger facilities for processing, packing, and distribution can expand the scope of activity in the local food economy and get the region closer to the goal of 25% localization.

NEO Food Study- What 25% Localization Means

Michael Shuman, project director for the Northeast Ohio Local Food System Assessment and Plan, talks about what it means to achieve a 25% localization of the NEO food system. He makes the important point that localization spans across the almost 60 sectors of the local food economy and should not be exclusively focused on raw foodstuffs. In some sectors of our food economy, there already is significant localization and local business ownership already. Farming and ranching are two areas where there is a significant gap between what is consumed locally and what is produced locally. About 35% of the potential jobs in a 25% localization would come in farming and ranching activities.