An initiative to develop 21st century regional food systems

(Jump-started by a US$10 billion federal stimulus COVID package)

  • Larry Yee University of California Cooperative Extension
  • Jamie Harvie Institute for a Sustainable Future
Keywords: Regional Food Systems, Resilience, Sustainability, Farmland, Economic Paradigm, Food Policy, Infrastructure

Abstract

First paragraphs:

The design and development of a rejuvenated and re-created regional food system for the USA are necessary now. COVID-19 has effectively unmasked the fragility of the global industrial food system. The ensuing crisis has provided us with a rare opportunity to pause, reflect, and imagine a more resilient and sustainable food system—one that is more balanced and just, one that is capable of with­standing shocks and disruptions, and one that better provides for people’s health and community economic security as well as the planet’s well-being.

A nationwide network of regional food systems is not only possible; its development needs to be stimulated and accelerated, as inspired by the 2010 report “The 25% Shift” (Masi, Schaller, & Shuman, 2010). This report analyzed the 16-county Northeast Ohio region around Cleveland and the impact of meeting a quarter (25%) of all demand for its food from the region itself. . . .

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Author Biographies

Larry Yee, University of California Cooperative Extension

Emeritus County Director

Jamie Harvie, Institute for a Sustainable Future

Director; founder of the Commons Health Network

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Published
2020-11-17
How to Cite
Yee, L., & Harvie, J. (2020). An initiative to develop 21st century regional food systems: (Jump-started by a US$10 billion federal stimulus COVID package). Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 10(1), 1–3. https://doi.org/10.5304/jafscd.2020.101.009
Section
Commentaries on COVID-19 and the Food System