These downloadable documents are snapshots of aspects and stages of building a specific local food system in a specific geography — the state of Illinois. All can be adapted to other states and territories of the U.S.
ILLINOIS FOOD-&-FARM PLATFORM for 2018 Elections
Regenerating Our Democracy, Our Habitats, Ourselves
A two-page platform for candidates, voters, and media:
— One page contains Illinois-specific goals and strategies
— One page contains systemic policies and programs implementable at the federal level.
ILLINOIS FOOD, FARMS, AND JOBS ACTS
Beginning in 2006, a growing coalition of Illinois food-and-farm activists began meeting with State Rep. Julie Hamos (IL-18th district) about the wide range of food systems problems facing people, businesses, and organizations all over Illinois — the degradation of our health, local and state economies, natural resources, etc. Together, Rep. Hamos and the coalition wrote two bills:
— HB1300 in 2007: created a 2-year task force to draft a report and a comprehensive food-and-farm plan
— HB3990 in 2009: adopted the report and plan, providing for implementation of some key goals by 2020
Illinois Food, Farms, and Jobs Act FAQ Sheet 2 pages
“Building Community through Food” (2009)
— a State of Illinois food policy council (FPC)
— a comprehensive Food and Farm Plan as an economic development strategy
— Over-selling of global economy (a farm state is not feeding itself)
— Economic and public health basis for food council
— Legislative history
— Ways to connect
Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Plan (complete report 48 pages)
Local Food, Farms, and Jobs: Growing the Illinois Economy
— Report to the Illinois General Assembly (2009) by the Illinois Local & Organic Food & Farm Task Force
— Report and goals for 2020 adopted by the Illinois General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Pat Quinn at the 2009 Illinois State Fair.
— Goals include the creation of a State of Illinois food policy council (FPC) — Local Food, Farms, & Jobs Council.
— The Council’s first meeting was in March 2010.
Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Plan (outline 3 pages)
ILLINOIS FOOD SCRAP COMPOSTING
Food Scrap Composting Challenges and Solutions in Illinois Report 2015
56 pages plus appendices (total 83 pages)
ILLINOIS COMMUNITY COLLEGES
The Role of Community Colleges in Developing the Local Food System 2011
A Report of the Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN) Local Food Task Force
COOK COUNTY FOOD SYSTEMS STEERING COMMITTEE
The Suburban Cook County Food System: An Assessment and Recommendations 2012
A report of the Cook County Food Systems Steering Committee, under the auspices of the Cook County Department of Health.
The original project included the drafting of a model ordinance for a county-wide food policy council. The Committee submitted a draft, but the Department never submitted it to the Cook County Board.
This was probably the most political project that I worked on. So far as I know, the report has never been seriously implemented.