Cutting Through the Red Tape: Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners & Organizers | Food First

Efforts to create a fair and sustainable food system are underway across the U.S. While large‐scale policy change at the national level has failed to adequately address growing hunger, diet‐related disease, economic inequality and structural racism in the food system, many local initiatives are gaining ground on these issues. Increasingly, the food system is seen as an engine for local economic development and community health, as well as a platform for social justice.

Levers of change exist in municipal and county governments around the U.S. Community organizations are using local policy to develop a better food system through farm to school programs, local business incubation and food policy councils—citizen advisory boards to city and state governments. This document is a collection of resources for local food policy assembled from groups across the U.S. Many organizations, both local and national in scope, have developed tools, informational resources, or successful model policies that support an integrated, sustainable and equitable food system at the city or regional level. We have collected a sample of those experiences and resources to provide community advocates with practical tools and ideas for creating local food policy change.

via Policy Brief No. 19 Cutting Through the Red Tape: A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners & Organizers | Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy.