Field Guides to Food
This path was created by Maria Frank.
People work to make food operations more transparent...
...(as well as more accountable in terms of working conditions, pay, and social and environmental impacts); they point to the social relations and accessibility possible with locally owned farms in contrast to nationally and globally managed farm operations.
This statement is based on passages from "Opportunities for Leadership, Learning, and Impact."
Perhaps the fastest and best way to improve access to sustainably produced food is by transforming federal nutrition programs designed to feed the poor. Specifically, the Federal Farm Bill offers an excellent venue to change vendor purchasing practices in favor of local, fresh food. (p.12)And it is reflected in statements by the Land Stewardship Project...
USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program was created in 1996 to fight food insecurity through community food projects that help promote the self sufficiency of low-income communities and their access to fresher, more nutritious food supplies. Projects bring a community’s whole food system together to assess strengths, establish linkages, and create systems that improve the ability of community members to meet their food needs. (p.58)
The Land Stewardship Project periodically sends out Action Alerts that describe how citizens can make their voices heard on critical issues related to family farming, the environment and our rural communities....and FLAG's "Preserving Minnesota's Agricultural Land: Proposed Policy Solutions".
The State Agricultural Land Preservation and Conservation Policy should be amended to include better enforcement mechanisms and specific notice requirements... [and to] establish additional state farmland preservation goals and integrate them into the state’s overall land use planning framework."