Minneapolis climate change grant promotes local foods

A series of cook-offs featuring local chefs producing low-carbon dishes will be held as a way of helping people see how the foods we choose affect our carbon footprints and climate change. Do It Green! Minnesota, a local environmental nonprofit organization, is introducing the Food Print Project with the free cook-offs. The public is invited to taste the chefs’ creations and learn how food choices can affect the environment. To reduce your Food Print, consider foods that are seasonal, organic, less packaged, and local.

The cook-offs are:

10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3
Northeast Minneapolis Farmers Market
Corner of Seventh and University avenues NE
Featuring Chef Heather Hartman of Spoonriver and Chef Philip Dorwart of Create Catering and Dining Studio

Noon, Saturday, Nov. 21
Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market
920 E. Lake St.
Featuring Chef Paul Lynch of FireLake and Chef Molly Hermann with Tastebud Tart

The cook-offs will offer:

A City of Minneapolis climate change grant is a funder of the Food Print Project. Minneapolis created the grants to help local neighborhoods and organizations fund creative ways to engage residents in the fight against climate change.

In the U.S., local foods come from an average of 56 miles away, and conventional foods come from an average of 1,500 miles away. Local food is better for the environment because it doesn’t require shipping, it’s better for our local economy because it keeps our grocery money close to home, and it’s better for our health because fresher food has more nutrients.

Minneapolis is recognized as one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the country. Since Minneapolis sustainability initiative was launched in 2003, City leaders have developed a series of 26 indicators, including our air quality, bicycling, green jobs and tree canopy. Each indicator includes specific numeric targets that serve as goals for Minneapolis to reach in the coming years. To learn more about Minneapolis sustainability efforts, visit Sustainability Initiatives.

Oct. 01, 2009

Published Oct. 1, 2009