Table Talk

We invite you to join the conversation about good food, food security and food systems.

Good Food

According to the Michigan Good Food Charter, good food is:


It provides nourishment and enables people to thrive


It was produced in a manner that is environmentally sustainable


No one along the supply chain was exploited for its creation


All people have access to it

The Michigan Good Food Charter is working to ensure all Michiganders have access to good food and all Michigan farmers and food businesses have opportunities. Their first goal states that Michigan Institutions will source 20% of their food products from Michigan growers, producers and processors.

Food Security

Being food secure is the ability to find and afford nutritious, safe, and culturally appropriate food. Food security and good nutrition are essential for everyone. In the United States, 1 in 8 people struggle with hunger. This video from Feeding America describes the cycle of food insecurity and health, and how each of us can be part of the solution.

Food Systems

Think of a food system as the steps it takes for the food we eat to get from the farm to our kitchens and onto our dinner plates. A food system within 50-100 miles from your home is known as a local food system. Why does it matter where our food comes from?

  • Locally grown food is full of flavor
  • Eating local food is eating seasonally
  • Local food is fresher
  • Local food tastes better
  • Local food has more nutrients (than food consumed out of season)
  • Local food has a shorter time between harvest and your dinner table
  • Local food supports the local economy
  • Local food benefits the environment
  • Local foods promote a safer food supply