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Iowa Food Policy Council
Prof. Neil D. Hamilton, Chair
Executive Order Number Sixteen
WHEREAS, the economy and social fabric of this state are inextricably linked to food production and food production-related activities; and
WHEREAS, food production accounts for more than twenty-five percent of the state's gross annual product; and
WHEREAS, the expansion of global markets for agricultural products have failed to keep pace with increased agricultural productivity in recent years, leading to a reduction in the amount of income earned by local producers; and
WHEREAS, unacceptable numbers of people from across the state and around the world do not have reliable access to Iowa's abundant food supply; and
WHEREAS, the state of Iowa contains some of the most productive farmland found around the world, and the potential to feed hungry people and generate sustainable income for local producers is virtually unlimited; and
WHEREAS, this administration is confident that the State of Iowa can become a world leader in the new economy by creating an efficient food production infrastructure that links producers, processors, distributors, and marketers to vibrant and sustainable world markets; and
WHEREAS, the development of these linkages will enable this state to establish itself as the Food Capital of the World by creating new opportunities to increase profitability for Iowa producers through product diversification, local processing, enhanced distribution, and direct marketing; and
WHEREAS, it is imperative for policy-makers to develop a common working knowledge of Iowa's overall food production system by collecting and analyzing information about the state's food production infrastructure, including consumer patterns, in an effort to improve food policy-related decisions; and
WHEREAS, a state food production policy that is designed to produce a safe, nutritious, and adequate food supply stock for world consumption, must also balance economic, environmental, and social considerations that are important to the people of this state.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Thomas J. Vilsack, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power vested in me by the laws of the constitution of the State of Iowa do hereby order the creation of the IOWA FOOD POLICY COUNCIL.
I. Purpose. The Iowa Food Policy Council shall advise this office on all aspects of the food production system in Iowa. The Council's advice shall include, but should not be limited to, a discussion of the following items: