Creating a healthy, sustainable food system is on many people's minds these days. Books, articles, and documentaries highlight pockets of successful programs across the country. Now, one city is taking it upon itself to create a comprehensive healthy and sustainable food system for all its residents.
San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order directing all branches of the City of San Francisco offices to develop a healthier and more sustainable food system in the city. Some of the proposed initiatives include an audit of city land for its potential to produce food, using locally grown "healthy" food for all city events and meetings to the maximum extent possible, developing nutrition standards for food vending machines on city property, supporting urban agricultural initiatives, composting and waste reduction, and issuing permits for mobile food vendors to sell locally grown produce throughout the city.
For more information on this ground-breaking initiative, go to: Roots of Change