On November 1, 2017, Food Policy Action (FPA) released its annual National Food Policy Scorecard to help the public track actions taken by lawmakers in the United States (U.S.) Congress. Scores were down this year because neither the House nor the Senate spent much time on food issues this year.
The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic has partnered with the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future to update Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities, a toolkit that educates, inspires, and empowers local food advocates.
More than 400 mayors, city officials, and experts convened in Valencia, Spain from October 19 to 21, 2017 for the Third Annual Gathering of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP). Delegates from the 159 signatory cities engaged in debates, forums, and panels to exchange ideas and solutions to food-related issues relevant to urban environments.
Dumpster diving success led filmmaker William Reid to live on food waste from supermarkets and restaurants for two years. Reid hopes the “absurdity” of his diet will lead to consumer, industry, and policy action.
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has unveiled new guidelines to help countries place agriculture at the center of climate change adaptation plans.
“It’s now time to go beyond adjusting recipes and start to build new and truly sustainable business models,” says Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen of the EAT Food Forum 2016.
AB551, a bill designed to support urban agriculture across California, was passed with the hopes that it would also work towards food justice. Food First’s Antonio Roman-Alcalá and Erin Havens think it might be doing otherwise.