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Ken Meter, September 7, 2012

Ken Meter, a Food Systems Analyst at Crossroads Resource Center, is one of the most experienced food system analysts in the United States. His work integrates market analysis,  business development, systems thinking, and social concerns.  As president of Crossroads Resource Center, Meter has more than 41 years experience in inner-city and rural community capacity building.

Meter’s pioneering study of the farm and food economy of Southeast Minnesota, Finding Food in Farm Country, helped strengthen a collaborative of food producers and led to the creation of  the Hiawatha Fund, a regional investment fund. Meter’s innovative tool for measuring financial assets in low-income communities, the Neighborhood Income Statement and Balance Sheet, helped spark development of the Latino Mercado in South Minneapolis.

Meter is a contributing editor to the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.   He also writes occasionally for Successful Farming magazine, Edible Twin Cities, Grist, and Cooking Up a Story.

One of the things which Meter discusses in this interview is connections between the problems of the inner city and rural areas: both are sites where people work hard but economies are set up so resources are extracted from those areas.  Meter argues that inner cities and rural areas are becoming an American Third World.

The interview can also be downloaded as a video podcast (309.8 MB) or as an audio file (.mp3 – 54.5 MB).

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