Wisconsin Food Policy Council: Presentation of Concept

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There are many issues in Wisconsin food systems that could be addressed better if there were a recognized and supported statewide food policy council. This presentation discusses of the possible structures and functions of such a council.

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Wisconsin Food Policy Council: Presentation of Concept

  1. 1. WisconsinFood PolicyCouncil:Presentationof ConceptWisconsin Local FoodSummit 2013Presented by:Amber CantoSteve VenturaChristine Kelly
  2. 2. Overview• Provide brief history of events leading to conceptualization of statewide food policy council.• Outline concepts related to establishing a statewide food policy council.• Collect feedback and facilitate open dialogue regarding proposed concepts related to statewide food policy council establishment.
  3. 3. Brief History Proposal to NovemberFall 2011: Ad NPHI to fund 2012: hoc group statewide Workgroup begins FPC meeting (not finalizes discussions accepted) white paper February July 2012: January 2012: WLFN FPC meeting 2013: White Summit in Wausau. paper Presentation presentation and at WLFN Reception
  4. 4. White Paper Summary• Get the details and follow along:http://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/
  5. 5. White Paper Summary • Assumptions – WI Food Systems Council • not just policy • could include education, marketing, communications… – Not replacing or usurping existing activities • collective impact • cross-sector coordination • collaboration with WLFN essentialhttp://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/
  6. 6. White Paper Summary • Assumptions – NOTHING IS DECIDED – Here to get your thoughts and ideas • need for a council • issues that a council could or should address • activities and modes of action • structurehttp://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/
  7. 7. White Paper Summary • Assumptions – NOTHING IS DECIDED – Here to get your thoughts and ideas • need for a council • issues that a council could or should address • structure • activities and modes of action – And hopefully your support and involvementhttp://wilocalfood.wordpress.com/food-system-council/
  8. 8. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered: – Farming and Food Production • land access and tenure security • farmland protection, land banks and land trusts • sustainable agriculture - conservation, nutrient and agrichemical management, environmental protection • waste management and composting • food safety and animal welfare • farmer training programs, mentoring, apprenticeships (also applies to other food system components) • farm labor, worker rights, volunteers • community gardens, CSAs, urban agriculture
  9. 9. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Food Processing and Distribution • processing capacity, shared washing & packing facilities, animal facilities • shared use kitchens and community kitchens • warehousing, backup storage, food hubs, brokerages
  10. 10. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Food Wholesaling, Retailing, Marketing • “buy local” and similar campaigns • retail alternatives – CSAs, farmers’ markets, market baskets, mobile vending • consumer behavior influences or interventions (e.g. calorie counts or menu labeling) • in-school options, farm to school programs • institutional food procurement
  11. 11. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Food System Enterprises and Finances • economic viability and sustainability • business models, multi-purpose organizations, mixed models • subsidies and incentives • business development programs • financing – traditional, public subsidies, “slow money”
  12. 12. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Community and Cultural Relations • food justice & food sovereignty • urban agriculture support, policies • generation of social capital (e.g., neighborhood revitalization, job creation)
  13. 13. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Legal Environment • local ordinances, zoning, planned developments, open space enactments • right-to-farm, local pre-emption (e.g., CAFO siting), other state laws • federal farm programs and appropriations
  14. 14. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Food System Assessments and Metrics • Community Food Security Coalition tools • sustainability plans • land inventories, brownfield identification and remediation • “food miles” and other life cycle assessment issues • food charters
  15. 15. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Food Security • food access and “food deserts” • affordability • availability of nutritious food • public programs such as WIC, SNAP • food that is appropriate for cultures and life styles • emergency food, shelters and pantries • food gleaning, food donations
  16. 16. White Paper Summary• Possible food system issues to be considered – Nutrition and Public Health • obesity and chronic disease awareness and prevention • social marketing, marketing for healthier foods • youth-based nutrition education and experiential learning programs, school gardens • household nutrition knowledge of food selection, preparation, storage, safety, etc.
  17. 17. White Paper Summary• Potential Roles and Functions of a Council – Public Governance of Food Systems • identifying issues • analyzing trade offs • providing information to both governmental and non- governmental agencies • recommending solutions • monitoring programs • reviewing and commenting on proposals • organizing support for changes and new initiatives
  18. 18. White Paper Summary• Potential Roles and Functions of a Council – Supporting Local and Regional Foods • marketing campaigns – advertising, labeling, in-store promotions • support for local markets – CSAs, farmers markets (EBT, double $), corner store initiatives • networking – information gathering, coordinating existing efforts • education – school programs, school gardens, farm to school • institutional programs – incentives, subsidies, procurement • store stocking requirements
  19. 19. White Paper Summary• Potential Roles and Functions of a Council – Education and Training • guiding existing programs and identifying needs for new curricula • conference and meeting programs • food system research agenda
  20. 20. White Paper Summary• Potential Roles and Functions of a Council – Communication and Networking – Partnering and Supporting Organizations – Producers (with numerous potential sub-divisions) – Processors – Retailers and restaurants – Wholesalers, aggregators, food hubs, warehouses – Local food policy councils – CSAs and farmers’ markets – Community and neighborhood-based organizations – Environmental and sustainable agriculture advocacy organizations – Public health and nutrition – Health care providers – Anti-hunger and emergency food providers – Higher education and UW-Extension – State agencies – State offices of federal agencies – Local governments – Tribal governments – Community development and business promotion organizations
  21. 21. White Paper Summary• Choices in Council Structure and Organization – Authority: Executive order, legislative action, or NGO
  22. 22. White Paper Summary• Choices in Council Structure and Organization – Council Composition • sector representation • geography • size – Selecting representatives • methods – appointments, elections • terms
  23. 23. White Paper Summary• Funding a Council – appropriation from the Legislature or Governor’s discretionary funds – agency in-kind contribution – dedicating staff from existing agency budgets – contribution from an organization or pooled funds from several organizations – council membership dues – grants and contracts – gifts and other direct fundraising – event revenues
  24. 24. Discussion• Which food system issues are most important from a statewide perspective?• Is the formation of a WI Food System Council the best way to address food system issues?• What types of activities and modes of action with a council employ?• How can stakeholders have input into key design and implementation of decisions?• Should a council be formed by government action or formed as a non-governmental organization?• What is the best structure for the Council?• How will a council be funded? Should it include paid staff?
  25. 25. Proposed Next StepsFebruary – • White paper open comment periodApril 2013 • Review white paper comments and determine next stepsApril 2013 • Draft WFSC charter (if agreement to pursue WFSC reached)) June - July • Open comment period 2013 Summer • WFSC conference 2013 • Final WFSC charterFall 2013 –Winter 2014 • Create food system council

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