Center for a Livable Future
Our work is driven by the concept that public health, diet, food production and the environment are deeply interrelated and that understanding these relationships is crucial in pursuing a livable future.
Program areas: food system policy program; food production; food communities; food system sustainability.
Putting Federal Policies to Work: The Role of State and Local Food Policy Councils
This webinar discusses how local and state food policy councils (FPCs) have the potential to benefit from, and even influence, food system policies and regulations at the federal level. Learn about how FPCs can seek federal resources for their communities, and bring local issues to the attention of Congress and federal agencies, such as by submitting a comment on proposed legislation or contacting officials. A representative from the USDA also describes the various opportunities through which FPCs can engage with the USDA on the implementation of programs that impact local communities. Slides for this webinar are available here.
For additional detail, please read the accompanying resource, Stories from the Field: The Role of Local State Food Policy Councils in Federal Policy Making and Implementation (2015), in which many of the case studies discussed in the webinar are discussed in more detail. Additionally, a how-to guide on engaging with the federal policymaking and regulatory process is provided.
Food Policy Councils Map
The Food Policy Networks project has developed a map utilizing GIS technology that shows the location of Food Policy Councils (FPCs) in the United States and Canada, and the locations of organizations that convene these councils at a regional level.
Food Policy Councils – Funding Stories
Food policy council (FPC) leaders consistently report challenges in securing and sustaining funding for staffing, council activities, and general operations. In this report, we describe the stories of how six city, county, and state FPCs across the country have funded their efforts over their years of existence.
Stories from the Field: The Role of Local State Food Policy Councils in Federal Policy Making and Implementation (2015)
Local and state food policy councils (FCPs) have the potential to benefit from, and even influence, food system policies and regulations at the federal level. This report highlights the ways in which local and state FPCs can increase their understanding of the larger federal policy making process, bring local issues to the attention of Congress and federal agencies, increase the flow of federal resources to local communities, and educate and mobilize local communities about how federal policies and regulations affect them.
Workshop on Funding: Sustaining your Council (2014)
A resource developed for Food Policy Network workshop trainings about funding FPCs.
Harvesting Healthier Options: State Legislative Trends in Local Foods 2012-2014
This report focuses on state legislation in all 50 states enacted between 2012 and 2014 that aimed to strengthen various components of local food systems. The report is organized into chapters focused on six policy areas with the most state legislative action: local food system approaches; farm to school; farmers’ markets; community gardens and urban agriculture; healthy grocery retail; and food policy councils. The report was created using NCSL bill and law searches; communication with established and new local food system contacts; analysis and synthesis of existing research and case studies; and numerous interviews with state lawmakers, state agency staff, relevant nonprofits and other stakeholders.
Instituting Change: An Overview of Institutional Food Procurement and Recommendations for Improvement
This report reviews the literature and key information resources regarding institutional food service procurement systems, presents the potential benefits of a large-scale shift among institutional procurement policies, discusses some of the existing barriers to the adoption of policies that favor regionally and/or sustainably produced food, and provides recommendations and tools for influencing institutional food procurement practices. It aims to clarify gaps in the literature and resources— namely, information about food service management companies’ rebate pricing systems and the potential socioeconomic, environmental, health, social justice, and animal welfare-related benefits of reformed procurement policies. Finally, this report is intended to serve as a resource for those seeking a better understanding of institutional food service procurement policies and provide a rationale for working toward reform.
Vacant Lots to Vibrant Plots: A Review of the Benefits and Limitations of Urban Agriculture
This review provides an overview of the documented sociocultural, health, environmental, and economic development outcomes of urban agriculture. Demonstrated and potential benefits, as well as risks and limitations, of this growing field will be discussed. We also offer recommendations for further research to strengthen the scholarship on urban agriculture.
Food Policy Resources
Food policy work–and progress–is occurring across the U.S. and Canada at many levels of government. Use this tool to browse for different types of resources, including academic literature, how-to guides, strategic plans, aimed at all levels of government.