A Roadmap to Local Sustainable Foods: Part 1

Foods Business Cluster for Cuyahoga County. The roadmap outlines eight interventions needed for the region to meet the goal of creating a sustainable food sector and increase regional jobs, revenue, and sustainability by supporting local food and beverage businesses. We’re going to take a look at these eight options and see what has happened since the roadmap was created and where there are still gaps in the proposed plan.

Harmful Algal Blooms cost Ohio over $815 million

Since 2010, Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) have cost Ohio over $815 million. In addition, they have caused the deaths of Lake Erie pets, wildlife and plants and has caused illness in humans through physical contact or consumption. This cost includes damage and devaluation of lakeshore property, loss of tourism, loss of recreation, and additional municipalContinue reading “Harmful Algal Blooms cost Ohio over $815 million”

Can Lorain County Be Home to the Next Big Thing in Business?

Northeast Ohio currently produces only 5%-10% of all the food consumed in the region. That means we import up to 95% of our food (about $10.7 billion), despite being one of the top agricultural states. Research has shown* that if the region were to increase production to meet at minimum 25% of local consumption, overContinue reading “Can Lorain County Be Home to the Next Big Thing in Business?”