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Food for stomach, food for thought. Feed your body with sustainable food and feed your mind with the resources on sustainable food systems below.
King County Local Food System Infographics: A fun way to vizualize key parts of King County's Local Food System including success, challenges, climange impacts, and the importance of shopping local.
Principles of a Sustainable and Healthy Food System: A comprehensive set of principles developed by national leaders to support socially, economically and ecologically sustainable food systems that promote health. Designed to create a shared platform for systems-wide food policy, this set of principles are a powerful tool for developing a systems understanding of a sustainable food system.
Diagram of Regional Food System: Provides a snapshot of the elements that make up a regional food system from food production to the food economy to consumer commodities. Designed as part of King Conservation District’s Regional Food System Program established to support the action plans of the King County Local Food Initiative and the Puget Sound Regional Food Policy Council.
The Real Cost of Food: An excellent overview on the environmental, economic, and social costs of food. The tangible costs at the checkout stand are obvious, but what about the intangibles? How much more does food cost than what we see on our receipts?
Sustainable Management of Food: The EPA provides various resources and strategies to prevent and reduce food waste in the US. Guidance on conducting student food waste audits, programs on regional food waste reduction, an online resource center, and the US Food Loss and Waste 2030 champions are listed on their website. Check out the Food Recovery Hierarchy which describes the most to least preferred methods of food waste prevention and reduction.
Shaping the Future of Global Food Systems: A Scenarios Analysis: What will food systems in the future look like? Today’s decisions play an important role in determining whether our future food system is based on either unchecked consumption, open-source sustainability, survival of the riches, or local is the new global. This report presents these four possible scenarios which may lead to a nutritious and sustainable food system, or not, depending on demand shifts and markets.
King County Local Food Initiative: Designed to build a stronger farm-to-plate pipeline, the Local Food Initiative sets targets and takes bold steps to create a more resilient local food system, and increase access to nutritious, affordable food in underserved communities. Explore the Local Food Initiative Report to see the road map design to accomplish these goals. The report is full of interesting and informative infographics that provide snapshots of our current food system (pg. 4 and 5) and of a sustainable food system by 2025 (pg. IV). Check out 2017 Annual Report to see King County’s report card priority actions for the Initiative.
City of Seattle Food Action Plan: Seattle's Food Action Plan lays out strategies to get more healthy food to more Seattle residents, expand opportunities to grow food in the City, strengthen our regional food economy, and reduce food-related waste. The plan has 40 actions recommended to be implemented by 2018. Which actions have been implemented thus far? Click on the link below to find out.
City of Seattle's Fresh Bucks Initiative: Site by Seattle from the Office of Sustainability & Environment presenting a program called Fresh Bucks showing goals and progresses. Fresh Bucks helps low income Seattle residents to eat fresh healthy foods.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 - End Hunger: The UN aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture by 2030. This aggressive goal provides a policy framework for the world to build towards sustainable food systems.
King County Food System Green House Gas Emissions: An eye opening chart showing the greenhouse gas emissions embedded in King County's Food System. Excerpted from King County's Local Food Intiative where you can learn more about King County's efforts to strengthen a local food system and reduce emissions.
Climate Change - Local Farmers Face Uncertain Future: Provides a great overview of what Puget Sound’s shifting climate may mean for the region’s farmers, according to a new report commissioned by the Puget Sound Institute. New patterns of droughts and floods, along with changes in the growing season will influence the way crops are grown — and even the types of crops that thrive in the region.
Regen Villages Will Grow Their Own Food, Power Themselves and Handle Their Own Waste: A new type of community is setting out to redisign how communities work through a food systems lens. A neighborhood in Amsterdam is set to be the first ReGen Village a community designed to be fully self-sufficient.
Organic is Key to Help Feed the World: Organic agriculture is a relatively untapped resource for feeding the Earth’s population, especially in the face of climate change and other global challenges. An excellent overview that synthesizes and explains (including a cool infographic) 40 years of science comparing the long-term prospects of organic and conventional farming.
How much food can cities produce?: By 2050 66% of all human will live in cities spurring renewed interest in producing food where people live. Urban agriculture won’t resolve all food-production and distribution problems, but it could help take pressure off rural land while providing other advantages.
How Cities Are Tackling Their Enormous Food Waste Problem: Every day, New York City throws away about 3,000 tons of food, while at the same time nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers don't have enough to eat. Globally, about a third of the world's food gets thrown away each year, which is 1.3 billion tons. This article reviews a range of strategies that cities are using to reduce food waste and feed people who need it. For example, France recently became the world's first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away food.
The Roadmap to Reduce US Food Waste by 20% (3 minute video)
How Ugly Fruits and Vegetables Can Solve World Hunger: A comphrehensice and facinating article with cool infographics on ugly produce that goes to waste and how it can help us feed the world.
Protein Challenge 2040: How can we meet demand for protein within environmental limits? This hub gives those with a stake in protein production and consumption a platform to track change, discuss the implications and keep up with innovations. It’s part of The Protein Challenge 2040 - a consortium of organisations convened to explore how we balance supply and demand of protein for a growing population, in a way which is affordable, healthy and good for the environment.
King County - Food: Too Good to Waste: Have you ever thought of ways to reduce your own food waste? Reducing your own food waste can mean saving resources such as water, energy, and fuel used to produce, package, and transport the food from the farm to your table. King County gives tips on smart shopping, prep, storage, and saving.
The Fight to Feed Detroit: To mend the city’s food system, urban farmers and entrepreneurs are working to funnel fresh produce and artisanal goods to local table. This story is the final installment of a three-part series about urban agriculture in Detroit. The first story looked at farming as resilience; the second focused on how agriculture co-exists with redevelopment efforts.
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop (Video + Reading): Homegrown is a fast casual eatery providing local, sustainable, healthy and organic food. Check their website to learn about their sustainable sourcing practices, local farm in Woodinville, low impact stores and their impact report.
Pagliacci Pizza: Pagliacci is a pizzeria committed to staying green by doing such things as having fresh foods everyday, reducing food waste and saving water and energy.
Singaporean start-up aims to democratise smart urban farming: In land-scarce and highly urbanised Singapore, local AgTech start-up Archisen is developing Croptron™, a smart urban farming system that uses sensors, IoT technology and data analytics to improve farm management processes and crop yields.
21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living: Solve current problems by infusing traditional concepts with new knowledge, and we value a whole systems approach to food production, small-scale food economies, environmental preservation, and climate resilience. People come to 21 Acres to unite around ideas and practices that will lead to a better future locally, regionally, and globally.
Tilth Alliance: Tilth Alliance was born in 2016 when Tilth Producers, Cascade Harvest Coalition and Seattle Tilth realized that the most effective way to get more people growing and eating healthy food is uniting farmers, eaters, gardeners, cooks and environmental advocates to champion a sustainable food culture.
Beacon Food Forest Permaculture Project: Beacon Food Forest is a group (you can join) which use their knowledge and gardening techniques with the goal of creating gardens from which the community can gather food from, become closer and rehabilitate local ecosystems.
Alleycat: Alleycat Acres is a social and collaborative work group in which many can partake in, to develop neighborhood gardens/farms.
Tools for Schools
Waste Free Lunches: Provides all the resources needed to participate or start a waste-free lunch program at school or other environments.
Smarter Lunchrooms Movement Scorecard: Supported by Cornell University, the Smarter Lunchrooms movement have developed tools and resources to help you effectively improve the school nutrition environment. The Smarter Lunchrooms Scorecard is the nation’s premier tool for assessing and improving the use of evidence-based strategies in the lunchroom. The 4 Step Path to Building a Smarter Lunchroom will walk you through the 4 simple steps to using more strategies that increase student consumption of healthy food.
Guide to Conducting Food Waste Audits: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the University of Arkansas collaborated to create a guide for students and school personnel about the amount of food wasted in their cafeterias. The guide provides information on why and how to do a food waste audit, what to do with the data collected, and also offers food waste prevention ideas.
USDA foodwaste reduction challenge: Join schools across the nation and step up to the U.S. Food Waste Challenge. On this webpage you can sign up and learn about tools to help you complete the challenges.
21 Acres Youth Education Program: Located in Woodinville Washington, this beautiful sustainable agriculture education and collective action center provides field trips, farm camps, culinary classes and other special events.