An initiative to develop 21st century regional food systems
(Jump-started by a US$10 billion federal stimulus COVID package)
Keywords:Regional Food Systems, Resilience, Sustainability, Farmland, Economic Paradigm, Food Policy, Infrastructure
The design and development of a rejuvenated and re-created regional food system for the USA are necessary now. COVID-19 has effectively unmasked the fragility of the global industrial food system. The ensuing crisis has provided us with a rare opportunity to pause, reflect, and imagine a more resilient and sustainable food system—one that is more balanced and just, one that is capable of withstanding shocks and disruptions, and one that better provides for people’s health and community economic security as well as the planet’s well-being.
A nationwide network of regional food systems is not only possible; its development needs to be stimulated and accelerated, as inspired by the 2010 report “The 25% Shift” (Masi, Schaller, & Shuman, 2010). This report analyzed the 16-county Northeast Ohio region around Cleveland and the impact of meeting a quarter (25%) of all demand for its food from the region itself. . . .
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