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Food system pres 2 2011 7-18

  1. 1. Mohawk Valley Food Project<br />local • regional • collaborative • community-driven<br />
  2. 2. Mission<br />To establish a productive and resilient regional food system and ensure equal access to affordable, <br />healthy and nutritious food <br />for all. <br />
  3. 3. 2011<br />The Mohawk Valley Food <br />Project launches as a Rust to Green Utica Action Stepwith <br />more than 30 active partners collaborating to address its mission and goals<br />2013<br />create the area’s first<br />Food Policy Council<br />
  4. 4. USDA Hunger Free Communities Grant<br />grantees in partnership with community organizations to improve access to nutritious food through research, planning, and implementing hunger relief activities<br />14 grant recipients <br /> from among 200 applicants nationwide<br />Grantees<br /> Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oneida County<br /> Resource Center for Independent Living<br /> City of Utica<br /> Rust to Green Utica<br /> Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture<br />
  5. 5. developing and strengthening <br />Mohawk Valley’s Food System <br />• Foster regional self-reliancewhile ensuring all citizens have access to affordable, healthy food that is locally grown using environmentally sustainable practices<br />• Study what’s shaping and affecting the food system and food security of our community and its citizens<br />• Work together and take actions leading to greater community food security, effective food policies and a resilient food system<br />• Form a Food Policy Council<br />to oversee, implement and evaluate Mohawk Valley’s Food System policies and programs<br />Food Potentials Map: Showing different types of farmland and urbanized land extending to 10 miles from Utica<br />Data from Cornell Foodshed Mapping calculates Utica’s capacity to produce all of its cropland foods within 10 miles and all of its grassland foods within 31miles<br />
  6. 6. What’s a<br />Food Policy Council? <br />COALITIONof local residents and business people, educational and government institutions and not-for profit organizantions who come together to examine how a food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it.<br />FOOD POLICY COUNCIL addresses food insecurity, nutrition and agricultural sustainabilty with the goal of connecting the regional food system. <br />
  7. 7. What makes a <br />SUSTAINABLE FOOD SYSTEM? <br />
  8. 8. Mohawk Valley Food System snaphot January 2011 <br />
  9. 9. Food Production<br />A community’s sustainability depends on its food system and its ability to provide its food needs<br />A sustainable food system builds ties between agriculture community and the food consuming community.<br />A stable local agricultural base is key to a community-responsive food system <br />
  10. 10. Food ProcessingandPackaging<br />The process of converting what is produced to what is purchased at grocery stores, convenience shops, restuarants, bakeries, etc.<br />Examples include canning vegetables, making beer, packaging...<br />Many are employed while contributing along the way. <br />
  11. 11. Food Distribution<br />How food is delivered to consumers in response to the community’s needs <br />Includes supermarkets, farmers’ markets, food pantries, restaurants, school and hospital cafeterias, convenient stores, etc. <br />
  12. 12. Food Access<br />Making healthy, nutritious and affordable food available contributes to individual and community well-being and resilience<br />What programs are available to those in need? Are these SNAP and WIC authorized vendors? Are emergency food programs, school meal programs and food banks meeting the need? <br />Are food deserts preventing access to healthy food? What travel routes and transport options are available? What distances?<br />
  13. 13. Food Consumption<br />What we eat matters to our health!<br />Diets high in fats, carbohydrates and processed foods negatively impacts ones overall health and well-being<br />Such diets are linked to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer <br />
  14. 14. Food Waste<br />The ways people handle the byproducts and wastes produced throughout the food system. This includes everything from cow manure to orange peels.<br />Best management practices, like composting, can close the loop and turn food “waste” into fertile soil. <br />