King County Local Food System Infographics: A powerful way to visualize key parts of King County's Local Food System including successes, challenges, climate impacts, and the importance of shopping local.
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 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 and ranks different methods of food waste prevention and reduction.
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.
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 richest, or local is the new global. This sophisticated report presents these four possible scenarios which may lead to a nutritious and sustainable food system, or not, depending on demand shifts and markets. Download the full report.
City of Seattle 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.
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 designed 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 the most recent Annual Report to see King County’s progress.
United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 2 - Zero Hunger: The UN aims to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture. This aggressive goal provides a policy framework for the world to build towards sustainable food systems.
Food Waste Reduction
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.
Reduce Food Waste - Project Drawdown: A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. The food we waste is responsible for roughly 8 percent of global emissions.
Guide to Conducting Food Waste Audits: A guide for students to study 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.
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 Initiative 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 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.
Eat a Plant-Rich Diet - Project Drawdown: Shifting to a diet rich in plants is a demand-side solution to global warming that runs counter to the meat-centric Western diet on the rise globally. That diet comes with a steep climate price tag: one-fifth of global emissions. If cattle were their own nation, they would be the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases.
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 comprehensive and fascinating article with cool infographics on ugly produce that goes to waste and how it can help us feed the world.
City of Seattle's Fresh Bucks Initiative: A healthy food program focused on getting more fruits and vegetables into the homes of families with low incomes. Fresh Bucks matches SNAP/EBT benefits (food stamps) and distributes Fresh Bucks vouchers to income eligible and enrolled customers to buy fruits and vegetables at all participating retail locations in Seattle and King County.
21 Acres Center for Local Food & Sustainable Living: A local educational farm that values 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.
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.
Regen Villages Will Grow Their Own Food, Power Themselves and Handle Their Own Waste: A new type of community is setting out to redesign 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 humans 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.
Save the Planet - Eat an Insect: Although vegetarian diets would suffice to feed humans and drastically reduce our environmental footprint, meat consumption remains a firmly established tradition. But if we bartered beef, pork or chicken for a handful of insects, the environmental impact of our animal-protein intake would drop dramatically. Eighteen percent of all greenhouse gas emissions are linked to animal husbandry. Emissions from insect production are negligible in relation to the amount of protein produced. Insects are especially effective at converting their food because they’re cold-blooded and therefore waste less energy to keep warm..