Food co-op discussed at commission meeting

The Marquette City Commission held their first meeting of 2013 Monday night.

One item on the agenda was a presentation about the Marquette Food Coop.

The presentation focused on Marquette becoming a food hub for the Upper Peninsula.  Natasha Lantz, a community liaison, gave the presentation.  She gave an assessment of local food in the U.P., and explained how the coop can become a U.P. food exchange.  To become a food exchange, there needs to be awareness on local food.  Currently, the U.P. is not producing enough local food to keep up with demand.  Increasing locally grown foods would help establish the food exchange.

Also at the meeting, the commission also approved three Lakeshore Boulevard properties to be rezoned as general residential, and welcomed new members to various committees.