Food Security

With the increasing cost of goods from the lower 48 it is critical that the state support increases in local food production.   The Kenai Peninsula boasts a substantial and growing number of local food producers – from our world-famous Oysters in Kachemak Bay, to organic pork and beef, and high tunnel greens.  Healthy local fisheries, subsistence opportunities and a healthy moose population are key to our local food security.  Growing markets for kelp mariculture will present new economic opportunities for residents.  I commend the passage of bipartisan legislation at the end of the 2022 legislative session to establish an Alaska Food Strategy Task Force.  See full text here: http://www.akleg.gov/PDF/32/Bills/HB0298Z.PDF