Closing the Food Gap:. Food Policy Councils and Coalitions: Making the Right Prevalent. Mark Winne Food Policy Council Director Community Food Security Coalition 41 Arroyo Hondo Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico (505) 983-3047 email: [email protected] Favorite Quotes:
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence – success
is sure to follow” -- Mark Twain
”Everyone takes sides in social change if it is profound enough.” -- Wallace Stevens
Mark Winne has 30 years of experiencedirecting local food organizations inMaine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut,and 15 years of food policy council experiencein Connecticut and New Mexico. He currently provides food policy assistance through the Community Food Security, an organization that he co-founded 14 years ago. Mark also writes extensively on food and agriculture topics.
“It is not only our responsibility to make the right known, it is also our responsibility to make it prevalent.” -- Edmund Burke
- represent a variety of private and public food system interest groups and agencies
- cut across government department lines and focus on food, nutrition, and agriculture issues
- serve as a food system planning venue and promote coordination between food system stakeholders
- accept responsibility for ensuring that major food and farming goals, e.g. food is a human right, farmers are protected, are met
Connecticut State FPC (also Maine)
Iowa (also Michigan and New York) structures, responsibilities and authority
New Mexico (also Birmingham/Jefferson Co., AL, Colorado regional councils)
- food banks, nutrition, farming, community development
- Depts of education, health, human svcs., agriculture, planning, etc.
FPC (Connecticut Food Policy Council)
FPC (NM Food & Agriculture Policy Council)
- increased public awareness of farmland loss
- Secured $10 m. over 5 years of state farmland preservation funds
- passed bill (2005) that creates self-funded $25 m. program to protect farmland, open space, and promote farm-to-school, farm viability and new farmer programs
(remember: “Everyone takes sides in social change if it is profound enough.”)
Don’t Worry…it will take 20 years!