Science-Based Policies in Support of Healthy Food and Farms

The Union of Concerned Scientists released a policy brief that looks at how a science-based farming and food system can meet our food needs, increase our health, protect the environment and support rural economies by shifting farm subsidies from processed foods and industrialized agriculture to healthy food and farming practices. 

http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/healthy-food-and-farms-policy-brief.pdf

Cutting Through the Red Tape: A Resource Guide for Local Food Policy Practitioners and Organizers

Policy Brief No. 10 from the Institute for Food and Development Policy is a collection of resources, including tools and successful model policies, for local policy that supports integrated, sustainable and equitable food systems at the city or regional level.  It is organized for each area of the food system: production, processing, distribution, consumption and food waste recovery.

http://www.foodfirst.org/en/tools+for+organizing+food+policy+councils

House Ag Chairman Says Ag Groups Need to Come Together

House Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas (R-OK) says there is still a possibility to finish a farm bill in 2012. He urges farm groups to come to some sort of consensus on how commodity programs should work in the future as a one-size-fits-all bill is not workable. Instead, he argues, the bill needs to contain options for the various commodity programs.

http://www.dtnprogressivefarmer.com/dtnag/common/link.do;jsessionid=843434403AE369E7D84BD1AB4077B89A.agfreejvm2?symbolicName=/free/agpolicy/news/template1&product=/ag/news/agpolicy/features&vendorReference=0702DA75&paneContentId=70120&paneParentId=70104

Review of US Farm Programs

A report released by AGree, an initiative designed to transform long-term agricultural, food and rural policy issues, provides a comprehensive overview of federal farm programs, their background, and the distribution of benefits. The intention of the report is to encourage a common understanding on the future of food and agricultural policy in policy discussions across diverse stakeholders.

http://www.foodandagpolicy.org/policy/review-us-farm-programs

Fair Food Network

Fair Food Network is a non-profit, based in Ann Arbor Michigan, that is focused on building a more sustianable and just food system. Their resource page includes food access related links to reports, case studies, and policy and advocacy tools.

http://www.fairfoodnetwork.org/resources

US Department of Health and Human Services

The department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Community Services website includes information on President Obama’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI), a collaboration between the Department of Treasury, USDA, and HHS, that aims to bring healthy food to retail and corner stores in underserved areas across the country.  Find information on the HFFI here: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/ocs_food.html

The HHS Office of Minority Health webpage provides data profiles related to diseases and obesity rates of Native American, African American, Hispanic, Asian American, and Pacific Islander populations. The website provides resources, background information on related policies and initiatives and tools, and you can search through data by population or health topic.           

 

 

PolicyLink

PolicyLink provides resources such as webinars, case-studies, and toolkits on food access issues, including those specifically in communities of color, and includes resources that focus on the links between obesity and the environment, and healthy food retail models. 

http://www.policylink.org

 

Public Health Law and Policy (PHLP)

PHLP’s document library covers a range of topics related to food access; including healthy planning, farmers markets, healthy retail, childhood obesity, economic development, joint use agreements, mobile vending and produce carts, legislation, menu labeling and redevelopment.

http://www.nplanonline.org/nplan/document-library

The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) Alliance

The TEFAP Alliance is a coalition of local, state and national organizations involved with The Emergency Assistance Food Program based in Sacramento, California. Their Foodlinks Newsletter covers a wide variety of food policy and food access news, upcoming legislation, and news from the city, state and national hunger community.

http://tefapalliance.org/blog/

Let's Move Initiative

Let’s Move is an initiative of the Office of the First Lady, Michelle Obama, designed to solve the issue of childhood obesity within a generation and involves parents and families in order to get kids more active and eating healthier foods. The website includes resources for parents, community leaders, schools and health care professionals to begin to address the nations childhood obesity epidemic.

http://www.letsmove.gov/

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

The FRAC data and publication page provides food hardship data by Congressional district and national, state and county-by-county SNAP participation data from across the US, and also has several reports on US poverty with data provided by the US Census Bureau. Their Legislative Action Center provides resources and advocacy tools to fight hunger, tools to promote anti-hunger policies in the 2012 Farm Bill, and an overview and updates on budget issues affecting anti-hunger legislation.

http://frac.org/reports-and-resources/

Ecotrust

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

Ecotrust’s Food and Farms website offers resources for farm to school programs and links schools with local farmers through their food hub webpage, which provides a catalog of buyers and sellers and profiles of businesses throughout Oregon.  Ecotrust serves as the Western Regional Lead for the National Farm to School Network.

http://www.ecotrust.org/foodfarms/

Pew Charitable Trust

The Pew Charitable Trust’s Food and Health initiative covers topics such as food safety, food additives, produce safety, and school food. Their Safe and Healthy Foods Campaign recommends policies to increase nutrition standards in schools, and ways to implement rigorous school food safety policies.

http://www.pewtrusts.org/our_work_category.aspx?id=198