Local and Regional Food Systems
The purpose of this checklist is to assess how a policy serves the northeast – or any – region. It can be used to evaluate policy proposals as well as existing policies – statutes, bills, programs, rules, regulations and directives. Regionalism has emerged as a powerful principle in public policy. It was developed as part of Northeast Ag Works! was a region-wide project to propose, promote and support public policies that sustain and foster our region’s agriculture and food system. The project gave greater voice to regional issues and needs to help build more equitable and responsive state and federal policies and programs.
From the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, this Food Systems Briefs series summarizes articles published in the Journal.
Northeast Farms to Food (NEFTF), published in 2002 and updated in 2004 and 2006, provides a comprehensive look at the Northeast food and farming system from production through processing and distribution to consumption and diet. It includes over 100 charts and graphs, “farm and food facts,” explanatory text and a chapter on findings and recommendations.
Notes from the Distribution and Food Hubs Work Group Session at the 2014 NESAWG Conference.