This summer, the American Planning Association will publish a policy report that outlines the results of a 3-year research study of how local governments in the U.S. are planning for food access and the greater community-based food system.
Of a sample of 888 local governments across the U.S., the study identified 105 jurisdictions that explicitly addressed food access and other food systems issues in their comprehensive or sustainability plan. The top most-cited food system strategies included:
- preserving rural agricultural land;
- supporting new opportunities for the agricultural production of produce;
- improving access to farmers markets and community gardens; and
- supporting new opportunities for urban agriculture.
For more information about this study and a summary of results, click here.