According to Rep. Bill Stolze (R-Mat-Su), 50 percent of Alaska’s food was once grown in the state; now, it’s down to 5 percent and that needs to change.
Today, Stolze introduced House Concurrent Resolution 1, calling on the Governor to establish a state food resource development working group. That group would bring together state departments to ‘identify resources and set policies to build a strong, sustainable and local healthy food system.’
Stolze said there’s no reason Alaska can’t be producing more food for Alaskans.
The Alaska Division of Agriculture has already been working to increase local food production, offering incentives through the Farm to School and Restaurant Rewards programs.