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The impetus for this guide and the work it reflects originated with the establishment of USDA's "Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food" (KYF2) Initiative. Launched in 2009, the mission of KYF2 is to strengthen the critical connection between farmers and consumers and support local and regional food systems. As such, it is closely aligned with the broader mission of USDA to support agriculture, rural development, and healthy nutrition. While there is no office, staff, or budget dedicated to KYF2, Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan chairs a task force of USDA employees representing every agency within the Department in order to break down bureaucratic silos, develop commonsense solutions for communities and farmers, and foster new partnerships inside USDA and across the country.
We consider a food sector "innovation" to be a discrete program, project, or policy that relies on a new business model, or provides new products and services that either deliver or have the potential to deliver significant socioeconomic, health and nutrition, and environmental benefits, with an emphasis on economic development. These can include healthy foods produced entirely in or near a city as well as foods that are produced sustainably, using growing methods that protect and restore the natural environment. Regarding "local food," there are almost as many definitions as there are cities. No single definition, whether based on a geographic boundary or a specific distance, works in each and every city. Thus, the pursuit of a universal definition is of limited value for the purposes of this Roadmap. By comparison, the values of producing food in urban regions are diverse, including the creation of a more self-sufficient food system that is better insulated from global conditions, albeit more connected to local ones. Regardless of where food is grown, caught, or raised, cities can garner most of the economic benefits by expanding the number of local ventures that add value to food through processing, distribution, marketing, service, and sales.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps feed Ohioans and reduces poverty and improves health for children and adults. However, the House Agriculture Committee's partisan Farm Bill proposes several inefficient and harmful changes to SNAP and cut the funding of it. The report lists the reasons why SNAP is important to poor people and should not be eliminated.
The ordinance amends the Dallas Building code to allow vegetative roofs; requires water use to comply with requirements of Green Built North Texas or with requirements of LEED for Homes; and provides a penalty not to exceed $2,000.
This ordinance establishes an Urban Agriculture Program for the City and County of San Francisco and expands the Urban Agriculture Ordinance already enacted in the City. The Program coordinates urban agriculture efforts with the multiple public agencies involved in urban agriculture and promotes comprehensive programs, policies, and strategies to enhance and increase urban agriculture in San Francisco. As authorized by the ordinance, the program will advocate for state and federal funding and record and publicly disclose program data. Additionally, the Mayor and City Administrator are tasked with development of an urban agriculture strategic plan which includes data on urban agriculture in San Francisco including funding, list of all local programs, counts of active and inactive site coordinators, count of waiting lists and a needs assessment of resident, organization, and business needs.
The \'Healthier Choices, Healthier Kids\' ordinance promotes children\'s health by requiring all fast food restaurants within municipal boundaries to serve healthful sides and beverages as the default components of children\'s meals unless the customer affirmatively makes a different selection. The ordinance will support families seeking healthy choices for their children by ensuring that chain restaurants in the Municipality [name] provide children\'s meals that meet the Institute of Medicine\'s School Meal guidelines for child nutrition.
This ordinance makes it unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to propagate, cultivate, raise, or grow genetically modified organisms in Mendocino County.
This ordinance updates the City\'s Land Use code governing urban agriculture uses, including: allowing urban farms and community gardens in all zones; allowing all residents to be able to sell food grown on their property; recognizing Farmer\'s markets, allowing them in more areas of Seattle; allowing dedicated food production on rooftop greenhouses with a 15 foot exemption to height limits in a variety of higher density zones; improving the number of chickens allowed per lot from three to eight, with additional chickens allowed for large lots associated with community gardens and urban farms; and prohibiting new roosters and sets boundaries for chicken coops, ten feet away from primary residential structures.
This ordinance: expands the size limit on community gardens to 25,000 square feet; relaxes fencing and parking requirements on larger commercial urban farms in order to hold down overhead costs for entrepreneurs and community organizations that launch and maintain these enterprises; allows for hydroponic and aquaponic systems and keeping honey bees under set conditions; and creates green jobs and provide fresh produce in communities.
Creates a healthy food zone around schools by regulating the location of fast food restaurants and mobile food vendors.