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Meeting Minutes

Action Team Name: Food Systems Meeting Date: November 7, 2007 Facilitator: Allison Harris Note Taker name: Ann Rojas_ Telephone #: 215-386-5211 ext 108 e-mail: Attendees: Altman, Andrew Granados, Tatiana Ma, Pat Ortiz Jeanne Tomasso, Monica Auwaerter, Carolyn Greene, Allison Morrison, Kelly Pierson, Bob Trout, Amber Baker, Claire Hile, Kelly McCracken, Meghan Rivera (or Riven?), Wagner, Amanda Birdsall, Mark Ingram, Karl Moore, Dianne Terri Warner, Cayley Brown, Dewitt Johnston, Haile Morano, Stephanie Rosen, Johanna Weiss, Norman Christensen, Roxanne Karpyn, Allison Morgan, Carey Rosen, Leigh Wynn, Steveanna Da Costa, Rosa Kendrick, Lamarr Morgan, Ruth Santana, Abbie Zollers, William Gorman, Patrick Lehman, Yael Novak, Kelly Solms, Liz
Agenda Item Introductions Previous Meeting Follow-up New Topics PUFFA overview Discussion: Main Points Participants introduced themselves Not applicable 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 A majority 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, physical activity, and built environment. You can be on multiple action teams. • The delegate assembly will elect two co- chairs, who represent the community, that will serve on the steering committee (S.C.) along with conveners (PDPH, WDCE), Health Promotion Council, Thomas Jefferson University and youth. The S.C role is to manage grant obligations, not to make decisions about the plan Meetings should be fun. As part of these meetings we will be sharing ideas about food systems and current efforts in Philadelphia. Meetings will be held every other month and may involve field trips to projects you are involved with. Let us know if you have. With email communications occurring in between. Abbie provided information about the Flash Survey- it is anonymous, only the evaluation team will see the results and will deal with issues that are brought up in a discreet manner. Follow-up Actions Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable Responsibility

The Food System Action Team Evaluation overview

Not Applicable

Complete flash survey at the end of every meeting

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Agenda Item Questions about PUFFA

Discussion: Main Points 1. Is the project limited to Philadelphia? The scope of the project is limited to the city limits. 2. Why are all action team meetings during the day? Meeting time will rotate so that many people can come. There were small group discussions about the definition of a food system. The following are summaries of the descriptions generated by small groups: • 3 parts: producers, consumers, and an infrastructure that connects them. There are criteria 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 bid specifications for a percentage of locally grown foods, there should be tax incentives and zoning reform that promote agriculture, there should be education for consumers and producers. • Cyclical process: farmers, gardens and oceans on top, followed by processing and harvesting, 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 that links them back to the producers. Questions to consider: What role does government have 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 waste component should be considered. Access and cultural aspects of food systems also impact definition • The food system should bring the food to the people in an affordable, healthy, locally grown kind of way. We should look at eliminating the barriers to the food- policies and the structures that keep the food from the people. The waste component is part of itwhat 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 vary from a food system that doesn’t value that. • Education is an important part of the food system

How do we define “food system”?

Follow-up Actions If you have ideas to for meeting times and places as well as new people to recruit, forward ideas to Allison or Annie Not Applicable

Responsibility All

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Agenda Item Food Systems as defined by other groups

Additional discussion around food system definition

Discussion: Main Points Some other definitions of food systems include: • “ The interdependent parts of the system that provides food to a community. This includes the growing, harvesting, storing, transportation, processing, packaging, marketing, retailing, and consuming of the product. Some or all of these steps in the food 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 relationships involved in the production, distribution, marketing, and consumption of food”- UW Madison Center for Integrated Ag Systems • “A food system includes the who, what, where, when, why, and how of our food- from farm to plate.” The CS Mott group for Sustainable Food Systems “Food Connections” 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 Penn sociologist, Janet Chrzan. Kellogg “Food to Society: Framing the Food System”- information on how to talk about the food system There is a “How to Talk Food Systems” CD available from Kellogg.

Follow-up Actions Not applicable


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Agenda Item Who is missing?

Discussion: Main Points The group brainstormed about who was missing from the table. Youth (defined as 14-22) were clearly absent and there were several ideas including: contacting WB Saul School and other schools, reaching out to scouts, 4-H and other existing youth organizations. The global food industry should be represented as well. It is important that it is represented by allies, supportive of systems change if possible. Sysco, US Foods, Aramark etc. should be invited to attend. Other missing groups: We CAN (NIH) Farmers School district PASA Ethnic, age, gender diversity Health care Asian Grocers/merchants Mayor’s Office

Follow-up Actions Food Trust will talk to Saul grads on staff for ideas on how to recruit youth. Mark Birdsall will forward contacts at school to Allison. Attract youth through an existing organization like the scouts, 4-H Contacts in Health Care community and with industrial food Ask Kellogg/TAP and other grantees about concerns and ideas for bringing in industrial food supply as partners PASA

Responsibility Allison

Mark Birdsall

All Diane Moore WHEN Andrew Altman

Andrew Altman Bob Pierson 4-H- Extension Allison Food Trust will contact Asian Grocers Groups not assigned for follow-up- keep an eye/ear out for contacts for: School district, Mayor’s office, farmers, We CAN Forward ideas to Allison Mini- food profile All

Meeting format/location Next Steps Synergy: List examples of synergy provided at meeting

There was brief discussion of next meeting locations and possible field trips. Assignments No examples observed at this meeting.

All All Not applicable

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Agenda Item Data/Information Requests Next Meeting Date

Discussion: Main Points Not applicable Meeting will be set for the first couple weeks of January.

Follow-up Actions

Responsibility Not applicable

Allison will set date and notify participants


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