Research Committee

What do we already know about our food system in Maine and how it relates to our region?  What information are we missing?  What data do we need to make good decisions?  Policy decisions, business decisions, health and investment decisions can all be improved if we have the right information.

downloadMost importantly, as we start to set shared goals for Maine’s food system and food-related economy, how do we know when we’ve “succeeded” and how do we measure that?

The Research Committee meets monthly to discuss research needs to inform the work of The Maine Food Strategy and to guide current research already underway.  Some of our most recent activities have included:

  • Reviewing approximately 200 plans, reports and other relevant documents in Phase I of the MFS to ground our work in what’s been done in the past, and what core and emerging issues exist currently and are on the horizon ahead

  • Designing a statewide consumer survey that will be administered in late-September and early-October of 2013

  • Planning and conducting interviews with key stakeholders in numerous sectors of Maine’s food system

  • download (1)Working with members of MANP’s Sustainable Food Systems Leadership Institute  to create a policy summary for all related food, agriculture and fisheries bills introduced during the 126th legislative session

  • Developing a repository of research needs that exist in various sectors of Maine’s food system

  • Coordinating the collection of existing data and connecting with groups and individuals who are currently collecting data related to food, agriculture and fisheries in Maine

Research Committee Members currently include:

Mark Lapping, University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service

Al Leighton, University of Southern Maine, Survey Research Center

Molly Anderson, College of the Atlantic, Partridge Chair in Food and Sustainable Agriculture Systems

Dana Morse, University of Maine, Maine Sea Grant

John Jemison, University of Maine, Cooperative Extension

Tim Waring, University of Maine, School of Economics & Sustainability Solutions Initiative

Coordinator:  Amanda Beal