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Meeting Minutes
Action Team Name:
Food Systems
Meeting Date:
 November 7, 2007
Allison Harris
Note Taker name:
Ann Rojas
Telephone #:
215-386-5211 ext 108
:Altman, AndrewAuwaerter, CarolynBaker, ClaireBirdsall, Mark Brown, DewittChristensen, RoxanneDa Costa, RosaGorman, Patrick Granados, TatianaGreene, AllisonHile, KellyIngram, KarlJohnston, HaileKarpyn, AllisonKendrick, Lamarr Lehman, YaelMa, PatMorrison, KellyMcCracken, MeghanMoore, DianneMorano, StephanieMorgan, CareyMorgan, Ruth Novak, KellyOrtiz JeannePierson, BobRivera (or Riven?),TerriRosen, JohannaRosen, LeighSantana, AbbieSolms, LizTomasso, MonicaTrout, Amber Wagner, AmandaWarner, CayleyWeiss, NormanWynn, SteveannaZollers, William
Agenda ItemDiscussion: Main PointsFollow-up ActionsResponsibilityIntroductions
Participants introduced themselvesNot Applicable
Previous MeetingFollow-up
 Not applicableNot Applicable
New TopicsPUFFA overview
Andrew Altman provided an overview of the PUFFA structure.
The participatory nature of the planning process is critical. The deliverable of the project is the community action plan. Primary focus is system and policy change. This plan is intended to change the world, not create programs.
The project structure puts the onus of decision making on the delegate assembly Amajority of the D. A. must be community representatives.
Committees, called action teams, were established to complete the work of the plan.There are six action teams: sustainability, food systems, nutrition, youth, physicalactivity, and built environment. You can be on multiple action teams.
The delegate assembly will elect two co- chairs, who represent the community, that willserve on the steering committee (S.C.) along with conveners (PDPH, WDCE), HealthPromotion Council, Thomas Jefferson University and youth. The S.C role is to managegrant obligations, not to make decisions about the plan Not Applicable
The Food SystemAction Team
Meetings should be fun. As part of these meetings we will be sharing ideas about foodsystems and current efforts in Philadelphia. Meetings will be held every other month andmay involve field trips to projects you are involved with. Let us know if you have. Withemail communications occurring in between. Not Applicable
Evaluation overview
Abbie provided information about the Flash Survey- it is anonymous, only the evaluationteam will see the results and will deal with issues that are brought up in a discreet manner.Complete flash survey atthe end of every meeting
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Agenda ItemDiscussion: Main PointsFollow-up ActionsResponsibilityQuestions aboutPUFFA
1.Is the project limited to Philadelphia? The scope of the project is limited to the citylimits.2.Why are all action team meetings during the day? Meeting time will rotate so thatmany people can come.If you have ideas to for meeting times and placesas well as new people torecruit, forward ideas toAllison or AnnieAll
How do we define“food system”?
There were small group discussions about the definition of a food system. The following aresummaries of the descriptions generated by small groups:
3 parts: producers, consumers, and an infrastructure that connects them. There arecriteria that should be met. For example there should be a definition of sustainability(how and where is it grown). There should be policies in the city that put bidspecifications for a percentage of locally grown foods, there should be tax incentivesand zoning reform that promote agriculture, there should be education for consumersand producers.
Cyclical process: farmers, gardens and oceans on top, followed by processing andharvesting, followed by distribution (including inspectors, warehousing, transport), places where distribution occurs- farmer’s markets, super markets etc., and then“consumers”- people who actually eat the food. Consumers create the demand thatlinks them back to the producers. Questions to consider: What role does governmenthave in the process? Does it help or hinder? What about oil or global warming?After the first two groups reported, subsequent groups only added to the concepts, presenting the following enhancements in addition to what had already been said:
The definition should include manufactured goods, advertising and packaging. A wastecomponent should be considered. Access and cultural aspects of food systems alsoimpact definition
The food system should bring the food to the people in an affordable, healthy, locallygrown kind of way. We should look at eliminating the barriers to the food- policies andthe structures that keep the food from the people. The waste component is part of it-what happens at the end.
The food system is a neutral term. Characteristics of the food system are a function of the outcomes you want to achieve. If you value local food the infrastructure will varyfrom a food system that doesn’t value that.
Education is an important part of the food system Not Applicable
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Agenda ItemDiscussion: Main PointsFollow-up ActionsResponsibilityFood Systems asdefined by othergroups
Some other definitions of food systems include:
“ The interdependent parts of the system that provides food to a community. Thisincludes the growing, harvesting, storing, transportation, processing, packaging,marketing, retailing, and consuming of the product. Some or all of these steps in thefood system may be within the community but they also may be part of the global of regional system instead.” From: Cornell “Discovering the Food System”
“The food system includes biophysical and socio-economic processes and relationshipsinvolved in the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of food”- UWMadison Center for Integrated Ag Systems
“A food system includes the who, what, where, when, why, and how of our food- fromfarm to plate.” The CS Mott group for Sustainable Food Systems “Food Connections” Not applicable
Additional discussionaround food systemdefinition
Which ever definition is selected it needs to speak to people unfamiliar with the jargon of food “systems”.Bob Pierson suggested we think of our audience as people in different stages of “recovery”from addiction to global food. This model of 5 steps to recovery was developed by a Pennsociologist, Janet Chrzan
.Kellogg “Food to Society: Framing the Food System”- information on how to talk about thefood systemwww.WKKF.org There is a “How to Talk Food Systems” CD available from Kellogg.
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