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Food Policy Resources

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Searching for Markets: The Geography of Inequitable Access to Affordable and Healthy Food in the United States

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Community Development Financial Institutions, Opportunity Finance Network, The Reinvestment Fund
Publication Type
Report

This report, focused on healthy food accessibility across the United States, is the result of in-depth research and evaluation of “Limited Supermarket Access” areas, or LSAs. It includes a review of prior research methods, the methodological steps that comprised the LSA analysis and a summary of the findings.

 

Growing Urban Agriculture: Equitable Strategies and Policies for Improving Access to Healthy Food and Revitalizing Communities

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PolicyLink
Publication Type
Report

Growing Urban Agriculture lifts up the policies, practices, and programs that are working to sustain urban agriculture efforts in low-income communities and communities of color. The report is grounded in extensive conversations with farmers, advocates, and policymakers to better understand the operational, financial, and social challenges that arise in making this work responsive and relevant to the needs of underserved communities. This report highlights creative solutions being implemented to make certain that local food products remain affordable and accessible and that community interests are represented in the process.

Created by Allison Hagey, Solana Rice, Rebecca Flournoy

Losing Ground: Farmland Protection in the Puget Sound Region

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American Farmland Trust
Publication Type
Report

This report takes a thorough county-by-county look at local governments and their treatment of farmland in the Puget Sound region of Washington. The results are a mix of bad and good news. It documents the loss of hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, which has resulted from an overheated market for urban land, lax land use regulations and underfunded land protection programs. The report also documents a great deal of progress in counties across the region to protect the 600,000 acres of farmland that remain.

Created by Dennis Canty, Alex Martinsons, and Anshika Kumar

The Iowa Food Policy Council: A Case Study

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Iowa State University
Publication Type
Report

The Iowa Food Policy Council offered a voice for smallscale producers, food justice advocates, and others who represented an alternative to the typical commodity-dominated agricultural interests of Iowa. Through a single-case study methodology using in-depth interviews and content analysis, this analysis examines the challenges and opportunities experienced by the IFPC from its beginning to its collapse.

Created by John Cotton Dean

Food Access Policy and Planning Guide

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Northwest Center for Livable Communities; University of Washington - Department of Urban Design and Planning
Publication Type
Report

This guide provides practical food access policy solutions that can be proposed or implemented at a municipal or county level. It is intended to help practitioners and policymakers in planning, public health, and community development increase their knowledge of relevant policy actions that address inadequate access to healthy foods.

Created by Eva Ringstrom and Branden Born

Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies

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Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture
Publication Type
Report

This is the first of four bulletins that discuss the findings of a local food system research project, Engaging Community Planners and Local Elected Officials with Local Food Systems Producers to Integrate Local Food Systems into Community Plans and Policies, funded by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University. This bulletin provides an overview of the project and three subsequent bulletins provide details on the substantive findings of the project. 

Seeding the City: Land Use Policies to Promote Urban Agriculture

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National Policy & Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity (NPLAN), a ChangeLab Solution
Publication Type
Report

This toolkit provides a framework and model language for land use policies that local policymakers can tailor to promote and sustain urban agriculture in their communities.

Created by Heather Wooten and Amy Ackerman

Planning to Eat? Innovative Local Government Plans and Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the United States

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Food Systems Planning and Healthy Communities Lab at University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
Publication Type
Brief

A growing number of local governments across the United States are rebuilding food systems through innovative public policy. Local governments are using plans, regulatory tools, fiscal incentives, and institutional mechanisms to strengthen food systems. This brief  includes a synthesis of recent best practices of local government policy and planning designed to strengthen community food systems.

Created by Kailee Neuner, Sylvia Kelly and Samina Raja

An Assessment of Canadian Food Charters

Publication Type
Report

Food councils are developing across Canada to support and integrate an increasing number of community food initiatives and encourage the development of policy that supports a food system that is both just and sustainable. One of the primary tools food councils utilize to coordinate their work is a food Charter. This assessment involved performing a content analysis on 24 Canadian Food Charters, four telephone interviews, and seven electronic surveys. The overall aim of this assessment is to make recommendations to the Healthy Eating Working Group regarding the best methods for the development and implementation of a Food Charter in Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington.

Created by Megan May Jaquith

Food Matters Report

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Knoxville-Knox County Food Policy Council
Publication Type
Brief

Public awareness piece created by the Knoxville-Knox County (Tennessee) Food Policy Council highlighting how the food system is critical to economic and social development of Knox County.

Taxing Sugar Drinks: A Tool for Obesity Prevention, Cost Savings, and Health Improvement

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Public Health Law Center at Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Publication Type
Report

Reviews the scientific evidence linking consumption of sugar drinks to obesity, evaluates the use of pricing policies, and summarizes some of the most recent national and state initiatives and considers future developments in the implementation of pricing policies.

Created by Mary Winston Marrow

Resetting the Table: A People's Food Policy for Canada

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People's Food Policy Project, Food Secure Canada
Publication Type
Report

The People's Food Policy is the first-ever national food policy to be developed by the food movement itself - a diverse and dynamic network of organizations and individuals working to build a healthy, ecological, and just food system for Canada. In order to develop the People's Food Policy, Canadians contributed their ideas via three hundred and fifty Kitchen Table Talks, hundreds of policy submissions, dozens of tele-conferences, ongoing online discussions, and three cross-Canada conferences. This document outlines some of the key recommendations discussed and considers what further steps are needed.

Healthy Food, Healthy Communities: Promising Strategies to Improve Access to Fresh, Healthy Food and Transform Communities

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PolicyLink
Publication Type
Report

By opening grocery stores, improving the quality and selection of food sold at convenience stores, and linking farmers directly to consumers, these efforts are increasing access to healthy foods, contributing to reduced rates of obesity and diabetes, creating jobs, increasing profits, and revitalizing distressed neighborhoods. This report presents strategies and policy opportunities to help other underserved communities replicate these successes.

Created by Rebecca Flourney

City and County of San Francisco Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food 09-03: Summary Report

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San Francisco Department of Public Health
Publication Type
Report

On July 9, 2009, Mayor Gavin Newsom issued the Executive Directive on Healthy and Sustainable Food to all departments of the City and County of San Francisco (California). The Directive established the a food policy council as an advisory body to the Mayor. This report describes how the Directive was developed, a summary of the progress made as a result of the Directive, and future direction for food system policy and planning in San Francisco.

Created by Paula Jones

From Land to Plate: The Dilemmas and Victories of Alternative Food Distribution in Ontario

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Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance, Sustain Ontario
Publication Type
Report

This report gives a broad overview of the local food distribution sector in Ontario, Canada and offers five case studies of initiatives bringing local food to local tables. It includes  recommended actions for policymakers and advocates to take to stimulate further uptake of enterprise models that bring such important benefits to community and land.

Created by Sally Miller

Laws to Require Purchase of Locally Grown Food and Constitutional Limits on State and Local Government: Suggestions for Policymakers and Advocates

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Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development
Publication Type
Article

Locally grown food laws that require, or provide incentives for, purchasing food grown within a defined geographic boundary are vulnerable to challenge under the U.S. Constitution's restrictions on local and state laws that discriminate against goods and commerce from other states, known as the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine (DCCD). Policymakers and advocates for local food should understand the impact of these restrictions and should take advantage of an important exception to these restrictions when drafting policies to encourage purchase of locally grown food.

Authors
Brannon P. Denning
Samantha Graff
Heather Wooten