We understand that not everyone who looks at the dashboard is an expert in “food systems” facts and terminology. For those who would like more context, we have developed these introductory resources. Data and materials here are about the whole New England food system (not just the part related to institutions).
This page provides resources on food policy councils, which are working groups composed of diverse food system stakeholders who convene to study a local food system and offer recommendations for policy change.
The information on this page comes from the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic and from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, which also publishes an annual survey-based report on of food policy councils which highlights common trends in and overall expansion of food policy councils, organizational structure, relationship with government, top priorities, and technical assistance needs.
State-Level Policies that Support Local Food
To learn about how states are supporting the development of local and regional food systems though policy, read Good Laws, Good Food: Putting State Food Policy to Work for Our Communities on the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic website.
Food Policy Councils in New England
To see an interactive map of food policy councils in New England, visit the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future map of food policy councils.
To learn more about food policies, visit the Growing Food Connections policy database.