American Farmland Trust, Conservation Law Foundation and the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group have collaborated on a new report, New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System.
The comprehensive review includes a section dedicated to the preservation of farmland and improving access for farmers.
The groups say the motive behind the study is “to guide citizens, organizations, coalitions, agencies and policymakers in identifying supportive policies and areas where new or changed policies may be needed to help New England expand its food production, strengthen its agricultural economy, and enhance multi-state cooperation.”
The report is also intended to complement the New England Food Vision, a project of Food Solutions New England, which will be released later this spring. The New England Food Vision sketches a future, through a set of assumptions and calculations, in which the region could produce at least 50% of its food needs by 2060. New England Food Policy offers suggestions for the types of state and federal policies that will be important in moving the region in the direction of the Vision.
A product of eighteen months of research and interviews, the report contains policy research, analysis and suggestions in five key food system areas:
Stay tuned for several webinars based on this report slated for the next nine months.
Read the entire report at www.newenglandfoodpolicy.org