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Houston Food Policy Workgroup

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If there’s one thing that’s true about Houstonians, it’s that we love our food.

Unlike many major metropolitan areas, Houston does not have a Food Policy Council, and thus food policy at the city, county and regional level remains fragmented across jurisdictions, disciplines and communities. This means various obstructions litter the path and gaps exist where good policies could help nurture a resilient and sustainable local food system that is critical to the health of our region. Houston Tomorrow has hosted the Houston Food Policy Workgroup - a collaboration of nonprofits, local governments, state agencies, farmers, ranchers, and citizens - since 2008 with a long term goal of establishing a meaningful, comprehensive, regional Food Policy Council. We believe that it is time to move forward with this goal and need your help to conduct the transition by the end of 2017.

The Houston Tomorrow Regional Food Policy Initiative promotes a regional comprehensive approach to food policy, coordinating efforts that support diversified agriculture and access to healthy food in all neighborhoods.

This means:

Continuing to host the Houston Food Policy Workgroup to educate the public on matters of local food issues and coordinate local efforts.

Charting the path for Public Benefits (EBT, SNAP, WIC) to be universally accepted at farmers markets.

Fair tax valuation for small and diversified farmers to make it easier for them to be economically successful.

Working toward the creation of a permanent Regional Food Policy Council for the Houston region and a model that supports appropriate Food Policy Councils at each level of government.

Houston is home to more restaurants per capita than any other major city in the world. We are right next to the most significant productive bay estuary in the nation, the Gulf of Mexico and sprawling fertile farmland. We have a year-round growing season and lie at the very unique intersection of seven major land-based and three sea-based ecosystems, making us capable of growing and harvesting a particularly wide variety and diversity of fruits, vegetables, grains and animal and sea products for consumption.

However, still more than 90 percent of the food eaten in our region comes from elsewhere, a high proportion from outside the state or nation, travelling an average of 1,500 miles from farm to plate. Many communities in our region still suffer from food insecurity and lack of access to healthy food options. Precious farmland is constantly being devoured by new development and many farmers are finding it difficult to make a living and provide the very critical services we need to be sustained.

If you want more healthy, local food options and a thriving, vibrant agricultural community, help us raise our first $20,000 to ensure we can dedicate Houston Tomorrow staff to making this possible and give food policy the respect it deserves.

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