A recent special issue of the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development on the topic of Local Government in Food Systems Work was released last month. Sponsored by the Growing Food Connections (GFC) national initiative, the issue includes 11 manuscripts on local food policy.
Based on reports from the United States and Canada, the special issue seeks to encourage food policy practitioners, researchers and advocates to reimagine the roles local governments play in food policy and how they play them. For Food Policy Monitor readers who want a deeper understanding of emerging trends and critiques of current local food policy, this collection provides an excellent overview and synthesis of recent developments.
The articles, all available here in full-text on line include:
- Reflexive and Inclusive: Reimagining Local Government Engagement in Food Systems, Samina Raja, Jill K. Clark, Julia Freedgood, Kimberley Hodgson
- Food Policy Councils and Local Governments: Creating Effective Collaboration for Food Systems Change by Clare Gupta, Dave Campbell, Kate Munden-Dixon, Jennifer Sowerwine, Shosha Capps, Gail Feenstra, Julia Van Soelen Kim
- Navigating Borders: The Evolution of the Cass Clay Food Partners Abby Gold, Noelle Harden
- Planning for a Resilient Urban Food System: A Case Study from Baltimore City, Maryland by Erin Biehl, Sarah Buzogany, Kristin Baja, Roni A. Neff
- Commercial and Anti-Hunger Sector Views on Local Government Strategies for Helping to Manage Food Waste by Jennifer J. Otten, Sara Diedrich, Katherine Getts, Christine Benson
- Rejoining the Planning and Public Health Fields. Leveraging Comprehensive Plans to Strengthen Food Systems in an Urban versus Rural Jurisdiction by Yeeli Mui, Maryam Khojasteh, Kimberley Hodgson, Samina Raja
- Just Transitions in a Public School Food System: The Case of Buffalo, New York by Jessica L. Gilbert, Alexandra E. Schindel, Sarah A. Robert
- Municipal Policy Enabling Regional Food Systems in British Columbia, Canada Assessing Focal Areas and Gaps Naomi Robert, Kent Mullinix
- Toronto Municipal Staff and Policy-makers’ Views on Urban Agriculture and Health A Qualitative Study
- Kate Mulligan, Josephine Archbold, Lauren E. Baker, Sarah Elton, Donald C. Cole
- Growing in the City: Expanding Opportunities for Urban Food Production in Victoria, Canada by Virginie Lavallée-Picard
- What Does Zoning Have to Do with Local Food Systems? By Anna L. Haines
- The Role of Metrics in Food Policy: Lessons from a Decade of Experience in New York City by Nicholas Freudenberg, Craig Willingham, Nevin Cohen
- Seeking Food Justice and a Just City through Local Action in Food Systems Opportunities, Challenges, and Transformation by Jason Reece
In their opening editorial to the special issue, Samina Raja and her colleagues conclude, “It is only fitting that the way forward for local governments be about reflecting inward, reaching outward, and perhaps reimagining how our food system, as a civil commons, can best serve all community members.” For those of us doing food policy in New York City, these articles may suggest new directions for our next stage of work.
Growing Food Connections is a partnership which seeks to enhance community food security while ensuring sustainable and economically viable agriculture and food production. It seeks to build the capacity of local governments to remove public policy barriers and deploy innovative public policy tools.