Include healthy, sustainable food system planning goals in the Master Plan. There is no mention of food in our current Master Plan. Change ordinances to clarify existing and new opportunities for local, healthy food production and distribution. The City recently adopted an urban farming ordinance but there are unclear and missing ordinances addressing developing a local, healthy, sustainable food system.
Specific examples of planning goals with related links:
** Support and promote good nutrition and health. We are suffering and dying from unhealthy diets. All of this preventable but our toxic food environment makes it difficult to choose healthy. Businesses want healthy employees, schools need healthy children, and we all want to live in a healthy and prosperous community. Let's make the healthy choice an easy choice for everyone!
** Facilitate community food security + economic access to safe, healthy food. One in 4 children and 1 in 6 in our community are food insecure. This affects readiness to learn, success in the work force, and long term health. The numbers keep growing. How can we let this happen in our community?
** Support existing and new opportunities for urban agriculture. Gardens improve property value and therefore tax revenue, attract local business, improve mental health, and reduce crime. How could something so simple solve so many problems? We need new ordinances to allow people to grow gardens for pleasure and profit in our community!
** Support and promote local food production and sales.Demand for local, healthy food is high and one of the fastest growing segments of the food sector. Money spent on local, healthy, food stays in the community, further growing our economy.
** Promote sustainable agriculture and food production.Daily food choices affect our environment and climate change. Supporting a sustainable food system improves food safety and is climate change protection!
Michael Pollan explains:http://www.nourishlife.org/2011/03/why-eat-local
** Reduce solid food-related waste and develop a reuse, recycling, and disposal system for food waste and related packaging. Forty percent of our food is wasted. Cities are converting their waste management division to waste recovery and reuse operations. Waste management offers composting in other communities. Why aren't we doing this?
Examples from other cities: