We are pleased to partner with the Local Food Working Group. Our work will help us advance this important initiative in Lake County.” According to CMAP, in Illinois, an estimated $46 billion (96 percent) of annual food expenditures, $14 billion of which consists of fruits and vegetables, is spent on imported food. A significant portion of this demand could be produced in the state and region, yielding an estimated $2.5 billion in economic activity in the region and $10 billion in the state. And because money spent on locally grown food creates a multiplier effect, internally circulating dollars 1.4 to 2.6 times within the local economy, $10 billion in unmet local demand could accrue to $14 to $29 billion in increased economic activity within Illinois. The Lake County Sustainable Local Food Systems Report resulted from more than 2 years of research and analysis by nonprofit, public, and private project partners via CMAPs Local Technical Assistance program, through which the agency provides planning and technical assistance to communities seeking to implement recommendations from the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan. The projects primary objectives were to identify the key barriers to developing a sustainable local food system in Lake County and to propose recommendations for the County and local stakeholders to address those barriers. Report steering committee members reviewed Lake County regulations, surveyed stakeholders and examined food policy research. The reports major recommendations included improving long-term land access for sustainable local food farming, improving connections within the food system, and removing policy barriers impeding the growth of the local food sector. Lake County is now considering new regulations that would allow residents in unincorporated areas of the county to keep bees, hens and hoophouses for local food farming. The proposed regulations include allowing: two beehives on residential lots of at least one-quarter acre, and one additional beehive for each additional 10,000 square feet of lot area; no more than six hens to be kept on residential lots of at least one-quarter acre; and hoophouses, 50 square feet in size for each 10,000 square feet of residential lot area. Lake County will host a public hearing on the proposed regulations at 6 p.m.
October 14, 2013 (AP) By KRISTIN M. HALL Associated Press Looking for the next big hit to come out of Nashville? You might want to watch the city’s bustling food scene. Nashville has long lured musicians looking for a break, but lately the city has seen a rush of top notch chefs and restaurateurs, too. And it’s largely thanks to those same musicians. “Not only did the music (industry) bring money, stable money, into this town, it also brought people, people from all over the country and the world, to live in Nashville,” says Roderick Bailey, who recently was named the Southeast’s best new chef by Food & Wine magazine. Those people brought worldly palates. And an expectation that those palates could be catered to. The Kings of Leon, for example. Band bassist Matthew Followill says the band’s constant touring exposed its members to all manner of great food. And they wanted it when they came home to Nashville. “A lot of the people in the food industry are also big music fans,” Followill said at the band’s Nashville studio. “We kind of felt like Nashville didn’t have a really good food scene going on. And it has changed for sure, in the past three, four, five years and there have been a lot of great restaurants that have come in.
Food Stamp Recipients Go on Shopping Frenzy at Walmart After EBT Glitch Gives Them Unlimited Spending Power for 2 Hours
“We did make the decision to continue to accept EBT cards (and purchases on WIC and SNAP) during the outage so that they could get food for their families,” Kayla Whaling, a spokesperson for Walmart, told KSLA News 12. Once news of Walmart’s decision began spreading in the areas, however, a stampede toward the shelves ensued and people piled shopping carts with as much as they could grab for as long as the free-for-all lasted. The open shopping period lasted from 7 to 9 p.m. and according to Springhill Police Chief Will Lynd. whose officers were called in to help, “It was worse than any black Friday” that he’d ever seen. When the cards finally came back online with limits one woman was detained because she racked up a bill of $700 at the register and had only 49 cents on her card. Walmart announced that limits were back to normal at about 9 p.m. and Lynd said people simply abandoned carts full of food in the aisles and walked out. The aftermath of the frenzy captured on amateur video left many onlookers in shock. “Just about everything is gone, I’ve never seen it in that condition,” said Mansfield Walmart customer Anthony Fuller. Even on Sunday afternoon Walmart staff were still recovering from the frenzy from the night before that one onlooker described as “like a tornado.” “I was just thinking, I’m so glad my mom doesn’t work here [Walmart] anymore.