The food system can both nourish and sustain or it can degrade health and communities. Everyone depends upon access to food, no matter where they live or what their political views. And now, the issue is not just about access to food, but access to wholesome food. Healthy food should not only be available to those who can afford it, but rather a food system should provide fair, affordable, and nourishing food for all. The need is to recognize that by building a healthier food system we can simultaneously resolve other issues that plague our communities such as crime, quality of education, environmental degradation and the state of our local economies critical. The issues are connected, and all of us have a vested interest in building a food system that will truly make a difference.
One way to change our food system is to change the very policies that perpetuate these systemic issues. Food policy should always be informed by a grassroots process. Otherwise, policy is dictated by profits not people. Unfortunately, a majority of us feel removed from policy because the process involves little to no ongoing participation from our local communities. Food policies such as the Farm Bill directly relate to our daily lives, whether we realize it or not. The objective of CFJC is to create the structure that enables our communities to have a local, statewide, and national voice and influence policymakers to adopt food policy that reflects the needs of our struggling communities.
There are several sections to this series. Key Players and Organizations in US Agriculture presents powerful figures in the industrial food system and how they relate to our broken food system. Community Practices at Work discusses successful food policies from around the country that promote local food systems. Our Resources page provides links to websites that address a variety of food justice issues.