Nathan Calene, Food Systems Planning
Ever heard of a Food Policy Council? And just what is a Food System?
Spokane actually has one of the nation's 250 Food Policy Councils. Food policy is something that has impacted the Lilac City more than you might realize – on everything from establishing market gardens in residential areas to the ban of certain chemicals in products or packaging.
A Food Policy Council (FPC) coordinates food system players in the food system within a given geographic/jurisdictional boundary. The food system is made up of growers, processors, distributors, retailers, consumers, and composters. Food Policy Councils range from municipal, county, regional, or state levels of governance. 1982 the first FPC was created in Knoxville, Tennessee. As of 2014, 250 FPC's have been created nationwide. Above, you can see a map showing FPC's across the North America.
Put another way, "The central aim of most Food Policy Councils is to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local or state food systems, spurring local economic development and making food systems more environmentally sustainable and socially just," says Mark Winne, a community food activist who has been refered to as the 'father of food policy work.'
The Spokane Food Policy Council is a non-profit organization working on food systems issues.
Food System Study – Inventorying our agricultural resources, distribution infrastructure, regional economy, and the players acting within the regional food shed.
Here are the active members of the Spokane Food Policy Council:
The Spokane Food Policy Council meets the third Wednesday of each month. We have an ongoing membership recruitment process so if you would like to get involved please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
@spokane_council - Today at 12:50 p.m. - Join us for Study Session on Thursday. We're talking Open Data & will get a staff briefing on WSDOT's I-90 Traffic Management project.