Why Food Policy?
When you begin to consider the source of food as a food system, it becomes clear that hundreds of decisions are made about that
food before it reaches the plate. Those decisions are determined and
regulated through numerous government agencies at the national, state,
county and municipal level. Food Policy helps to ensure that decisions
affecting what we eat are made in a consistent and healthful way.
goal is to convene a broad range of community perspectives to develop
food policy in Sonoma County and facilitate its implementation.
This program will support the research, outreach and administration
necessary to establish a Food Policy Council.
Food Policy can be created and implemented by institutions interacting
in the food
Any organization that serves food, such as schools,
prisons or hospitals, can develop and implement food policy.
Food Policy can be focused on what is served (fresh and healthful
or processed and genetically modified), how and when it is grown (sustainable,
organic or conventional, seasonal or preserved) or who grows it (local
farms, small farms, industrialized agribusiness). Municipalities can
implement food policies which support elements of the food system,
such as local agriculture, restaurants and grocery stores. Food policy
can make a difference in the food we eat and the quality of life in
Food Policy Councils
To address the need for cohesive food policy in a municipality,
region or state, many cities, counties and states are forming Food
Policy Councils. These Councils rely on the expertise of public
and private stakeholders who make daily decisions which affect our
food. These stakeholders include grocery owners,
executives, emergency food providers, farmers, public health experts,
transportation agencies, food waste managers, community based organizations
and partners/members of our community. These representatives play
a coordinating role for food policy within their jurisdiction. At
this time, Sonoma County does not have a Food Policy Council. Decisions
affecting our food system are left to many different entities with
varying missions and focus. Food Matters in Sonoma County is working
to establish a Food Policy Council for Sonoma County. If you are
interested in supporting these efforts, please contact us.
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- Provide resources & support to Sonoma County schools seeking
to develop a food policy.
- Conduct a county food assessment to identify the food system
assets and needs of Sonoma County.
- Work towards the establishment of a Sonoma County Food Policy
Council that will research and develop policy guiding local food
and farming practices.
To view sample
Food Polices and ideas for establishing a Food Policy for your region,
click on the links below:
School Food Policy
Unified School District
School Food Policy
City Food Policy
County Food Policy
Structure: City-County Food Policy Council
Food Policy Council Bylaws
State Food Policy
Food Policy Council