Governor Snyder Eliminates Food Policy Council

Governor Rick Snyder abolished the Michigan Food Policy Council; a 25-member body tasked with creating a healthy food supply for Michigan residents. The council, created a decade ago, worked with small-scale farms to achieve food safety certification and increase sales to retail food outlets. The order abolishes the Michigan Food Policy Council and consolidates its responsibilities within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. In a statement Snyder said he “appreciates the council’s work and is confident that the reorganization will build on its accomplishments.” Malik Yakini is the Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network and former board member of Michigan Food Policy Council. He spoke to WDET’s Martina Guzman about the consequences of doing away with group.