Local and National Leadership in Food Policy
We are serving as Good Food Advocates with the Union for Concerned Scientists to develop a national platform on food policy platform. We had the honor of participating in a meeting at the White House with Debra Eschmeyer, Executive Director of Let’s Move and Katharine Ferguson, Senior White House Policy Advisor to discuss local and regional food policy for an equitable food system. We are also working in partnership with the Food Chain Workers Alliance, Los Angeles Food Policy Council and Oakland Unified School District as Good Food Purchasing Policy(GFPP) advocates across the nation to support adoption and implementation of GFPP. We also serve on the California Food Policy Council. Lastly, we’ve spoken at numerous venues locally and nationally forming relationships with collaborators, students and the general public.
The Wine Soul Train: We created and launch a tour of Black and Latino vineyards challenging racial equity in the food system. We garnered much media attention, gained national recognition, and won a high profile 2015 Taste Award for this event.
Cultivating Resistance Urban Agriculture Toolkit: Following the success of our Right to Grow campaign we partnered with City Slicker Farms to create a toolkit to support local communities growing food together to build health and economic empowerment.
Healthy Food Definition: We provided a definition for Healthy Food to the City of Oakland’s planning department to help inform incentives for healthy food programs.
Good Food Business Criteria: Based on our values of Valued Labor Force, Local Economy, Health Equity and Environmental Sustainability, our Economic Security & Development Workgroup developed criteria to assist food businesses to be equitable and sustainable.
Decolonize Your Diet: We developed and hosted a strongly attended (~270) signature event to support changing the narrative of food culture as a crucial step to changing the practices and policies that drive a broken food system and to build upon cultural resources to inform our systems and policies.