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Local Food & Food Democracy

Our current intensive food systems and associated policies favor big business while directly contradicting communities and local governments promoting food systems that enhance biodiversity, community health, food security, ecosystem health, and local economics.

Environmental Commons supports biodiverse and genetically variable food and livestock systems for the well-being of future generations. We encourage and support the rights of local communities to shape their food systems, exercising democratic control over matters of health, safety, and welfare. As part of protecting and maintaining local food systems, we provide educational materials on the value and importance of local food systems.


Securing Local Control of Our Food & Promoting Food Democracy:

Demonstration: sign reads 'Corporate Greed / Spread by Seed'

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Local Food & Food Democracy

May '07
EC's article on the national preemption threat appears in: April '07
Local choice protects farms and food: February '07
Our Local Food fact sheets are featured in the: January '07
Michele Simon's Informed Eating blog says "...excellent policy-focused fact sheets:" December '06
The Rodale Institute features our Local Food fact sheets in their:

More EC In the News

Shaping Our Local Food Systems
Local Food Systems: Challenges and Threats
Local Food Systems: Getting Involved
The Place of Food in Our Lives

Local Food

We are witnessing unprecedented impacts as a result of food being seen primarily as a commodity. In contrast, local food systems that value sustainability and balance have the potential to reconnect us to each other and to the land.

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Community Supported Agriculture

Community supported agriculture is the practice of focusing on the production of high quality foods using ecological, organic or biodynamic farming methods. This kind of farming operates with a much greater than usual degree of involvement of consumers and other stakeholders - resulting in a stronger than usual consumer-producer relationship.


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