The Mass. Local Food Action Plan has been completed, and has been accepted by the Mass. Food Policy Council. After two years of work, and input from more than 1,500 people, the plan offers a set of goals and recommendations to increase production, sales and consumption of Massachusetts-grown and -made foods, create good jobs within the food system, protect natural resources, and reduce hunger. Now, it's time to make the plan a reality.
The plan is a public document, in the hands of the state administration, the legislature, and you. It's available for download. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to review the plan and identify items of importance to themselves, their organizations, and their constituencies, and collaborate to begin making those recommendations a reality.
Contact your legislators and let them know about your support for particular items, or for the plan's broad goals. Let them know that you'd like to see the state take action to strengthen the food system.
If you work with a food system organization, the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative is in the early stages of development and is working on plans to bring stakeholders together in the new year to work together on implementation.