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City Food Policy and Programs: Lessons harvested from an emerging field

New study gleans best practices from 13 North American municipal food programs

Municipal food programs with full-time, paid staff are blossoming all over the country. food policy imageRecognizing this burgeoning movement, the Innovation Fund of the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, a Project of Global Philanthropy Partnership, sponsored a recent study entitled City Food Policy and Programs: Lessons harvested from an emerging field.

Researched and written by the City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, the report gleaned best practices through interviews with food policy professionals from 13 North American cities. The analysis covers the challenges and opportunities faced by these programs in such areas as organization, funding, priorities and metrics, interdepartmental coordination, and community involvement

BPS Brown Bag Lecture

Facilitating Resilient Cities with Jenny Pell

Jenny Pell pictureMark your calendars! On Wednesday, July 18, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will host a presentation by Jenny Pell titled, ‘Facilitating Resilient Cities — How Policy Makers can De-Pave the Way!

Jenny Pell is a permaculture designer and consultant based in Seattle, WA, specializing in edible landscapes, urban permaculture, and creating "living genetic banks" of useful and valuable plant materials on projects large and small.  Seattle is breaking ground this month on a 7-acre permaculture food forest — the largest project of its kind on US public lands. Come learn about how public and private stakeholders are working together to bring meaningful and enduring change that bolsters community, creates solutions for local food, builds skills, and how policy-makers can facilitate the implementation of visionary projects while fulfilling sustainability mandates. 

The presentation will be held in the Lovejoy Room of City Hall from noon to 1pm.

July's Gems

July is the last month of Urban Growth Bounty classes -- come check them out!

Urban Growth Bounty 2012 is wrapping up, but there are a few choice classes left before it's over! Treat yourself by attending some of the educational, practical, and FUN sessions UGB has planned for July:

We’ll see you there!

Eat Dirt

We know you don’t need convincing about the joys of farmers markets. But who knew that ingesting microscopic critters residing in our soil might be one more reason to befriend your local farmer?

Yesterday, a New York Times op-ed opined about the potential benefits that farmers market produce has on our immune system. The author suggests that ingesting microorganisms can boost our natural defense against allergens and some chronic diseases. In our increasingly-sanitized world we have fewer and fewer opportunities to chow down on microbes that help our bodies build up resistance. The solution? Get down and dirty at your farmers market.

And speaking of superbugs, some aren't so super. Antibiotics have come a long way since being introduced as a miracle cure in 1944 and Robert Kenner's 90-second video wants you to just say "no" to meat on drugs.