At the 6th Annual WI Local Food Summit in Delevan on January 26-27 2012, we heard from a multitude of keynote presenters and people engaged in making local food more common and accessible. Some of what we heard were stories about the research and good work happening out there right now; other presentations were a rallying cry, a call to action.

One of these calls to action was the personal message so honestly and passionately delivered from Bill McKibben, noted author, educator, environmentalist and founder of He is most famous for his research and writing on environmental issues such as global climate change, but in his 2007 book, Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future, Bill McKibben offers a solution to so many of the social, environmental, and economic problems the world is facing: building, nurturing, and investing in community and local economies and re-thinking about the things we buy, the food we eat, the energy we use, and the money that pays for it all.

We are pleased and honored that Bill took the time to deliver such a heart-felt message to the Wisconsin Local Food Network.

Bill McKibben Personal Message to the Wisconsin Local Food Network from Andrew Bernhardt on Vimeo.