Saturday, March 20, 2010

We knew this but ...

It's good to have some confirmation

Local fruits, vegetables in school meals have multiple benefits | MSU News | Michigan State University

EAST LANSING, Mich. — School districts that buy produce grown by local farmers can cut costs and provide students with nutritious food they want to eat, according to Michigan State University scientists in the first-ever study of its kind.

"School food service professionals said they were paying lower prices for fruits and vegetables because the supply chain is shorter," said Mike Hamm, who holds the C.S. Mott Chair for Sustainable Agriculture and leads the C.S. Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems at MSU. "They also were able to buy food that isn't commonly offered in school cafeterias, such as asparagus, Asian pears and blue potatoes."

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