Senate OKs Sustainable Local Food Policy Council

May 26, 2009 at 8:17 pm Leave a comment

The North Carolina Senate has approved a bill to establish a Sustainable Local Food Policy Council. If passed by the House, the 24-person council would give farmers and advocates a voice in shaping state policy to support a local food economy.

The legislation was introduced following a series of regional meetings across the state, which culminated in a Farm-to-Fork Summit for a Sustainable Local Food Economy, sponsored by the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, N.C. State, A & T University and others May 11-12 in Raleigh. At that meeting, Gov. Bev Perdue pledged her support for sustainable agriculture and for a state sustainable food policy council.

The Senate bill directs the food policy council to study:

  • What foods are served in public schools, especially to students receiving free and reduced-price meals, and how to increase the amounts of local sustainable foods served to those students.
  • The possibility of making local sustainable food available to people who receive public assistance and of using food stamps at farmers markets (which is already happening at the Pittsboro market).
  • Ways to encourage more community and backyard gardening.
  • The effect of sustainable local food production on the state’s economy.
  • How to overcome regulatory and policy barriers for farmers and entrepreneurs who produce local sustainable food.

See more in the News and Observer.

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Entry filed under: Politics/ Policy, Sustainable Food.

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