We believe in the power of food. Whether it is making our communities healthier or tying a community together – food is powerful. Our lives are defined by the food we share with others and the rich diversity of food options that we have. We support vibrant and healthy local food systems throughout Utah.
A local food system is a collaborative network that integrates sustainable food production, processing, distribution, consumption, and waste management in order to enhance the environmental, economic, and social health of a particular area. Local food systems align consumer demand with locally produced and distributed food. These systems have the demonstrated capacity to enhance overall community sustainability by increasing economic resiliency through expanded employment and market opportunities; promoting public health through improved access to healthy food; accounting for environmental considerations in land use planning and policy; and addressing social equity by tailoring initiatives to disadvantaged populations. Given local governments’ roles as leaders and conveners in these activities, managers and staff can play a critical role in efforts to promote and support local food systems.
We work to support local food systems by making food policy a priority for local and state leaders. We’re working to ensure that communities are engaged in the work of building local food systems by supporting farmers markets, training and outreach for local gardeners and farmers, local food awareness campaigns, and planning and policy processes that address local food issues. We work to help local governments utilize low- or no-cost opportunities to promote local food systems.