State needs more markets, fresh food to reduce obesity

Capital News Service
LANSING – People in urban and rural areas need better access to healthy food, the Michigan Food Policy Council said in its new report. Michigan faces the problem of having food accessible to markets, just not in all the right locations. That problem prompted groups like the Michigan Food Policy Council to take action, said Jane Whitacre, its director. The council is a commission set up by the state with members representing areas such as agriculture, industry and education. A few years ago, more than 400 food advocates convened to put together a “road map” to build Michigan’s economy by improving its use of agriculture, she said.