1. Health Centered Food System
  2. Sustainable Agricultural Practices
  3. Community and Regional Prosperity
  4. Equitable Access to Healthy Food
  5. Social Justice and Equity
  6. Systems Approach to Policy Making

Possible Implementation Actions

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Health-centered Food System

Implementation actions could include:

  • Realign farm subsidies to more closely reflect the most recent Dietary Guidelines for Americans established by U.S. Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture
  • Support integration of nutrition programs to fight hunger and food insecurity directly with local and regional agriculture
  • Improve nutrition quality through making locally and regionally grown healthy food more accessible through removing obstacles and restrictions and supporting policies that expand scale appropriate production and marketing
  • Support Farm-to-School programs including school gardens and food and agriculture education, as well as Farm-to-Institution (e.g., prisons, hospitals, worksite cafeterias) programs and provide assistance in outreach, coordination, direct purchasing, and training
  • Prioritize food procurement and pricing policies that favor healthy food choices
  • Support research, data collection and innovation oriented to fruit and vegetable production and marketing from diverse scaled farm operations, including those found in urban, peri-urban and rural areas
  • Provide adequate funding for crop insurance and disaster assistance for loan programs and grants that focus on fruit, vegetable, and specialty crops as well as small and medium scale meat, dairy, wild fish, and poultry production

Sustainable Agricultural Practices

Implementation actions could include:

  • Implement policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase resilience to natural disasters and climate change (e.g., through re-building soil carbon content and fertility)
  • Strengthen policies that conserve water, land, and energy and minimize environmental damage to soil, water, air, and animal and marine life
  • Minimize use of pesticides, herbicides and promote ecologically sound farming methods Increase opportunities for funding, research, programs, and innovation in ecologically sound agricultural practices and their effect on public health
  • Develop integrative approaches to environmental protection that enhances the viability of sustainable agriculture
  • Develop incentives for farmers who utilize ecologically sound farming practices

Community and Regional Prosperity

Implementation actions could include:

  • Increase opportunities for funding, research, and programs in urban and peri-urban agriculture to increase community food security
  • Expand and enhance diversity of opportunities for producers of healthy food sold directly to consumers and support market development projects
  • Create fair wage jobs in production, processing, distribution, marketing and food preparation
  • Promote local small and medium sized farm viability by strengthening farmland protection, and expanding technical assistance programs to small and medium sized farms that grow healthy food
  • Support rural development, outreach and beginner farmers programs
  • Support, promote, and protect fruit, vegetable, specialty crop, meat, dairy, wild fish, and poultry production, marketing, distribution and processing and identify and reduce barriers to the availability of locally produced food
  • Support and fund investments in appropriately scaled infrastructure that supports small and mid-sized farms and facilities

Equitable Access to Healthy Food

Implementation actions could include:

  • Support opportunities that ensure that nutritious and culturally appropriate food is accessible to everyone
  • Protect the integrity and funding of the nation’s core nutrition programs, especially WIC, SNAP, TEFAP and the National School Lunch Program
  • Maximize opportunities and reduce barriers for federal nutrition programs to provide increased access to fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Promote use of WIC and SNAP benefits at direct-to-consumer marketing outlets

Social Justice and Equity

Implementation actions could include:

  • Increase opportunities and programs that support new farmers especially those that farm small and medium sized farms
  • Increase opportunities and programs that assist farm workers to transition into farm owners
  • Provide transparent, fair and equitable access, planning, and reporting processes to immigrant, non-English speaking, poor and socially disadvantaged farmers
  • Advance safe and humane working conditions for workers in the food system
  • Develop and implement policies which protect the health of farmers, farm workers, and food system workers from chemicals and hazardous working conditions
  • Support removal of policy barriers to the development of viable local and regional agriculture in developing countries, retooling investment, aid, and development policy to support internal farm to market infrastructure in every region and country

Systems Approach to Policymaking

Implementation actions could include:

  • Integrate national goals for health, economic viability, and environmental protection into upcoming national food, farm, and environmental policy
  • Assess the impact of policies in the Farm Bill on public health goals as well as on maximizing production of fruit, vegetables, and nuts
  • Develop approaches that increase consumer demand for healthy food crops
  • Support supply chains that contribute to the growth and stability of the regional food system and production and distribution of healthy food
  • Support Food Policy Councils and networks as mechanisms for developing local and state food system policy that effectively integrates all sectors of a healthy food system