This manual outlines some of the tools that can be used to create and sustain your own effective food policy council and to take steps toward that goal of food security for all.
Food experts and activists realized that a vast food system generated many policies, and for the most part, the average citizen didn’t have much of a role in shaping them. One way to address this lack of participation was by creating food policy councils, to bring together all stakeholders in a community food system and give them a say in constructing a syste m that reflected their values.
It might seem like a daunting task, challenging the interests that support the food system status quo. And promoting concepts such as food democracy and social justice might feel like a hard sell in your community. But at its core, the work of a food policy council address es something basic, something we can all relate to — our need for food that nourishes us. Your local council doesn’t have to take on the most controversial food issues — and probably shouldn’t. But it can work to make sure farmers’ markets thrive in your co mmunity, or that your state addresses the notion of farmland preservation.