Metrics from the Field: Breaking Our Chains


  • Ken Meter Crossroads Resource Center



Column, Value Chains


First paragraphs:

With all due respect to my professional colleagues who expertly address supply chains on other pages of this issue, I want to step back to consider whether we might break the "chains" that inhibit our conversation about food.

I am concerned that our laudable goals of providing accurate measurements and establishing new business practices may interfere with our chance to take advantage of this historic opportunity to get the food systems we deserve. The way we frame the discussion may only lead us to replicate the problems we seek to address. This is not an issue of political correctness; it is a matter of obtaining the proper results....


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Author Biography

Ken Meter, Crossroads Resource Center

Ken is president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has performed 63 local food-system assessments in 27 states and one Canadian province; this information has promoted effective action in partner communities. He served as coordi­nator of the review process for USDA Community Food Project grants, and has taught economics at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Minnesota. He is co-convener of the Community Economic Development working group of the Community Food Security Coalition. A member of the American Evaluation Association’s Systems Technical Interest Group, Meter also serves as an Associate of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute.
Ken Meter



How to Cite

Meter, K. (2011). Metrics from the Field: Breaking Our Chains. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 1(4), 23–25.

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