Michigan FPC Abolished and Reform Is Stymied

Colleen Synk

Colleen Synk

Research Assistant

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Colleen-radishes

Radishes grown at Ingham County Family Center Youth Garden.

This past December the Michigan Food Policy Council was abolished through an executive order by Governor Rick Snyder. The alleged purpose of this move was to have the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) absorb the efforts of the Food Policy Council. [1] According to the Governor, the reorganization is supposed to increase the effectiveness of projects taken on by the Council [3], but in my opinion the re-org will not accomplish great efficiency. Instead, it will stifle opposing viewpoints.

Since 2005, the Council has been supporting the growth and diversification of the state’s food system by synthesizing local and regional goals. Its many successes include increasing the number of small farmers at local markets who are eligible to accept SNAP benefits; helping Read More >

New Database of Food Policy Resources

Raychel Santo

Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

The FPN database helps users locate policies, guides, reports and more.

The FPN database helps users locate policies, guides, reports and more.

Across the U.S., Canada, and Tribal/First Nations, at many levels of government, food policy work is happening—and making progress.

The Food Policy Networks Project at the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) has been keeping tabs on some of the great work being done and can now make all those documents, websites, studies, and contact information available for all. The two new features include a database of policies, how-to guides, case studies and more, as well as a directory of food policy councils (FPCs) in the U.S., Canada, and First Nations. Read More >

Fostering Meaningful Inclusion and Empowerment on Food Policy Councils

Raychel Santo

Raychel Santo

Sr. Research Program Coordinator

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

A meeting of the Baltimore Food Policy Task Force, 2009

A meeting of the Baltimore Food Policy Task Force, 2009

Over the past four years, the number of food policy councils (FPCs) throughout North America has tripled. FPCs bring together food system stakeholders at local, county, tribal, state, or regional levels to work on policy and programming aimed at increasing community food security, or the accessibility, consumption, and affordability of healthy (and often sustainably raised) food. By providing a more direct opportunity for local actors to influence food policy decisions than those at the national or international level, FPCs have become a tangible example of the emerging movement towards “food democracy” and a more just food system. Read More >