The Growing Food Connections Essential Food Systems Reader is a collection of published resources that explore local and regional level public policy challenges and opportunities related to the following issues:
- Community food production: efforts to grow, raise and harvest crops, raise animals, fish, hunt or forage food for human consumption in urban, suburban and rural areas
- Community food security: the state in which all members of a community have sufficient and adequate access to healthy, affordable and culturally acceptable food, particularly under-served residents in urban, suburban and rural areas
- Community food connections: the challenges and opportunities of simultaneously improving community food production viability and food security for under-served residents.
The Essential Food Systems Reader includes carefully selected professional reports and articles, books, peer-reviewed journal articles and other resources such as fact sheets, briefing papers and white papers from the American Planning Association, the American Farmland Trust, and other national membership organizations, federal agencies and non-profit organizations. Unlike traditional food systems bibliographies, the Essential Food Systems Reader focuses on resources related to public policy, and the role of the local or regional government in improving community food production and community food security. Collectively, the Essential Food Systems Reader provides a foundation of knowledge on these topics – a starting place for communities wishing to tackle these important issues.
Author(s): Hodgson, Kimberley
This report provides an overview of results from a multi-year study that identified and evaluated how local comprehensive and sustainability plans are supporting food related goals and policies. The report identifies 105 plans that explicitly address f …
Author(s): Neuner, Kailee, Kelly, Sylvia, Raja, Samina
This policy brief provides a synthesis of how local governments across the United States are using a variety of tools, such as plans, regulatory tools, fiscal incentives, and institutional mechanisms, to strengthen food systems. The brief highlights na …
Author(s): American Planning Association
This policy guide provides an overview of the connections between traditional planning and the field of community and regional food planning. The guide offers two overarching goals for planners and presents seven general policies, each divided into sev …
Author(s): Hassanein, Neva
This article explores the tensions between stakeholders of the alternative agrifood movement. The author makes the case for
Author(s): Shak, Linda, MSW, Mikkelsen, Leslie, MPH, RD, Chehimi, Sana, MPH
This report outlines organizational practices and public policies to expand access to healthy foods in support of healthy eating and better overall health. Information included in this report is based on key informant interviews with practitioners and …
Author(s): Barham, James, Tropp, Debra, Enterline, Kathleen, Farbman, Jeff, Fisk, John, Kiraly, Stacia
This resource guide is designed to give readers a greater understanding of regional food hubs, including strategies to assist in their development and growth. This guide is organized into four main sections: (1) clarifying the regional food hub concept …
Author(s): Wooten, Heather, Ackerman, Amy
Urban agriculture refers to a wide range of activities involving the raising, cultivation, processing, marketing, and distribution of food in urban areas. Communities around the country are looking to promote healthier eating by encouraging urban agric …
Author(s): Allen, Patricia, FitzSimmons, Margaret, Goodman, Michael, Warner, Keith
This article reviews the discussion of agrifood initiatives within the academic literature, analyzes the history of such initiatives in the context of California, and discusses the results of the researchers.
Author(s): Monica Gagnon, Nicholas Freudenberg
This report focuses on local policy approaches that address fast food. Four policy approaches are addressed: school policy, “healthy” zoning, curbing kid-focused marketing, and redirecting subsidies to healthier businesses, which all can help planners …
Author(s): Freedgood, Julia, Royce, Anelkis
American Farmland Trust identified and reviewed 134 food policy councils and food system plans to determine if they lead to state and local government actions to strengthen community food systems.