The Good Food Purchasing Policy: A Tool to Intertwine Worker Justice with a Sustainable Food System

  • Joann Lo Food Chain Workers Alliance
  • Alexa Delwiche Center for Good Food Purchasing
Keywords: Procurement, Movement-Building, Food Workers, Sustainability, Good Food, GFPP, Good Food Purchasing Policy

Abstract

Public procurement is a strategy to transform the food system into one that is more sustainable and just. The Good Food Purchasing Policy (GFPP), developed by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council in 2012, leverages taxpayer funds to support local producers, environmentally sustainable production practices, good jobs, humane treatment of animals, and healthy food. Based on the experience of developing and winning the adoption of the policy in Los Angeles, GFPP has the potential to bring together the various sectors of the food movement around a shared vision and strategy for change. In this reflective essay, we provide an insiders' look into the policy, its impact to date, and its potential in the future.

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Author Biographies

Joann Lo, Food Chain Workers Alliance
Food Chain Workers Alliance; 1730 West Olympic Boulevard #300; Los Angeles, California 90015 USA; +1-213-380-4060.
Alexa Delwiche, Center for Good Food Purchasing
Center for Good Food Purchasing; P.O. Box 7243; Berkeley, California 94707 USA; +1-805-570-3659.
Published
2016-03-18
How to Cite
Lo, J., & Delwiche, A. (2016). The Good Food Purchasing Policy: A Tool to Intertwine Worker Justice with a Sustainable Food System. Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 6(2), 185-194. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2016.062.016
Section
Labor in the Food System Call Papers

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