What is a Food System?
A food system is the way food gets to your plate. An often-complicated
process, the food system includes production, distribution, marketing,
preparation, consumption, and disposal. The
food system exists, whether we know what it is or not. Decisions
are made each day that affect our food system-how and where our
food is grown, how it is distributed, selected, prepared and served
in our homes, schools and organizations. What our children
are taught about food in school - by lecture and example - and the
policies that regulate local restaurants, grocery stores and farmers,
all play a role in shaping our food system. In addition, the
cultural and individual attitudes we hold about the quality and
essence of our food are also part of our food system.
Why is the Food System Important?
The choices we make every time we buy and eat food impact not
only our long-term health, but also our community. With the
rise in diagnosis of "adult diseases"
in our youth such as heart disease, type II diabetes, and obesity,
and the shrinkage of independent farming and biodiversity, the importance
of informed decisions about our food system becomes critical. When
one considers the food system combined with the consumer's general
lack of knowledge about food and the effects of our daily choices,
the impact of our decisions on our local food system emerge. The
focal point of Food Matters' work is to help create a more vital
and sustainable food system.
goal is to increase community collaboration on food systems issues
and activities through information sharing and networking.
Our organization is focused on raising awareness of the need for
food education and nutrition programs and to improve community access
to locally grown nutritious food. We are creating a farm-to-school
network and are working towards developing a Sonoma County Food
Policy Council and obtaining funding to conduct Community Food Assessments
in the region. All of these activities will serve to increase awareness
of, and strengthen, our local food system.
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