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SSI Seminar with Mark Lapping – November 15, 2013

Can Food Become an Economic Driver for the Maine Economy?

Mark Lapping
Distinguished Professor, Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service, USM
Friday, November 15, 2013
3:15 – 4:15pm, 107 Norman Smith Hall

potatoiconA number of recent studies done across the nation suggest that enhancing local food production can be an important contributor to economic development. The Maine food system, which includes both agriculture and the fisheries, has long been part of Maine’s traditional economic fabric. But do increased food production, enhanced processing capacity and alternative distribution systems hold any potential for Maine as economic drivers of a new economy? This proposition will be examined in light of the work of the Maine Food Strategy.

Sponsored by the Senator George J. Mitchell Center, Sustainability Solutions Initiative, and UMaine School of Economics

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