Food Frontiers Promotes More Locally-Grown Foods

NEBRASKA CITY – The Center for Rural Affairs released a snapshot of the Nebraska Food Assement at the Food Frontiers program Thursday at the Kimmel Education and Research Center.

The snapshot report indicates while Nebraskans spend $4.4 billion on food each year, only about 10 percent of that is grown in the state.

The report says importing 90 percent of the state’s food indicates “food insecurity.”

Center: “We’re looking at how to better feed our population and how to shift toward creating opportunities for more food production aimed at human consumption.”

Nebraska is first in beef and veal exports, but the report says local communities can not always access to Nebraska beef in their own stores.

The program included a showing of the documentary, Food Frontiers, and a panel discussion led by Mark Winne, advisor at John Hopkins University School of Public Health.

Panelists were Chef Nazim Khan of Bryan Medical Center, Kathie Starkweather of the Center of Rural Affiars, Megan McGuffey, a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Nancy Williams of No More Empty Pots, and Rex Nelson of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln extention.

Chef Khan said the use of locally-grown foods is preferred for nutrition and taste and can be managed to be affordable.