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San Diego County Healthy Regional Food System: Strategic Plan

San Diego County Healthy Regional Food System: Strategic Plan

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Published by Joseph Readdy
Strategic plan for an improved network of local food for San Diego County.
Strategic plan for an improved network of local food for San Diego County.

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Published by: Joseph Readdy on Mar 21, 2012
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strategic Plan — 18 marcH 2012
This project is made possible by a grant rom:Healthy Works: Paths to Healthy LivingHealthy Works is a countywide initiative making systems andenvironmental changes promoting wellness and addressing the nationwideobesity epidemic. Healthy Works, administered by the County o SanDiego Health and Human Services Agency, is unded by the AmericanRecovery and Reinvestment Act o 2009 and includes the University o Caliornia San Diego, SANDAG, San Diego County Oce o Education,Community Health Improvement Partners, and San Diego State University,along with numerous community-based partners. The project is part o the County’s “Live Well, San Diego! Building Better Health” initiative, a10-year vision or improving health and wellness and combating the tollo chronic diseases, including obesity. Healthy Works engages San DiegoCounty residents, businesses, and community leaders in systems andenvironmental approaches such as armers markets, community gardens,bike-to-school and work programs, school exercise and nutrition programs,as well as changes involving land use and transportation.
Healthy Works creates “Paths to Healthy Living.” 
This work was made possible by unding rom the Centers or DiseaseControl and Prevention, through the County o San Diego. This publicationwas supported by the Cooperative Agreement Number 1U58DP002496-01rom the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention through the County o San Diego, Health and Human Services Agency. Its contents are solely theresponsibility o the authors and do not necessarily represent the ocialviews o the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention.
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Nationwide there is a groundswell o multiple, independent actionsdesigned to reassert greater control over the ood that we eat. No whereis that more evident than in San Diego. We are at a very particularmoment in history with a unique opportunity to chart a new courseo our destiny, change our relationship with ood, and embrace auture o health and prosperity. What i we could create a ood systemthat provides resh, local ood or hundreds o thousands o people,increases ood security, supports healthy communities, addresses criticalenvironmental challenges, decreases energy consumption, and oers neweconomic opportunities or San Diego County? Across the United States,communities are discovering that addressing their regional ood system canbe a catalyst or such transormation.The benets o robust, sustainable, local ood include strongerlocal economies, preservation o armland and a cleaner, more resilientenvironment. According to a growing body o experts, these benets canbe replicated and amplied at a larger scale. Kate Clancy, Food SystemsConsultant and Senior Fellow at the Minnesota Institute or SustainableAgriculture, and Kathryn Ruh, Coordinator o the Northeast SustainableAgriculture Working Group, write, “…we think that ‘regionalizing’ the oodsystem –emphasizing and ocusing on regions– may be the optimal modelto meet the goals o a sustainable, secure and resilient ood system.” Howcan we create a more local and more sustainable agriculture that recognizescritical social, cultural, and economic needs o the residents o San DiegoCounty? Could addressing our ood system at the regional scale also bean approach capable o eeding a world with a global population rapidlypassing through the threshold o seven billion? I so, can we accomplishthis with so many competing demands: or land, or water, or energy,or economic resources in an increasingly volatile climate and while thebiodiversity o the planet is in serious decline?Agriculture in San Diego County seems to represent a series o contradictions rather than a single, clear direction or the uture. While theCounty has the highest proportion o small scale growers in the state andthe largest number o certied organic growers o any Caliornia County,the vast majority o arming operations by volume are dedicated to only aew crops –and most o these are either nonood crops or are not marketedor local ood consumption. Nonood crops, such as fowers, ornamentalplants, and tur, make up or two-thirds o annual agricultural value.Avocados and citrus represent only 16% o annual agricultural value buttake up 70% o all land area dedicated to arming. The harvest o tree ruitcrops is largely shipped outside the county to markets across the UnitedStates and beyond.
regionalizing the oodsystem –emphasizingand ocusing onregions– may be theoptimal model tomeet the goals o asustainable, secure andresiliant ood system

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