Posts for 'Food Policy'

HEALTHY EATING IN SCHOOLS

December 7th, 2013

Getting more nutritious food into our schools is a key goal of Public Health Seattle & King County and of my Local Food Action Initiative. Seattle Public Schools has embraced this idea, and is working closely with Health Department and City staff along with the YMCA to make this happen. A series of programs are […]

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REGIONAL FOOD POLICY COUNCIL THIRD YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

November 12th, 2013

The Regional Food Policy Council (RFPC), which is housed at the Puget Sound Regional Council and which I sponsored and Chair, has now completed its third year of work. During this year, the RFPC issued five ‘policy blueprints’ designed to help local governments advance local food work, organized a Food Economy Summit, completed reports on […]

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PIKE PLACE MARKET, CITY AND KING COUNTY PARTNER TO PRESERVE FARMS

August 22nd, 2013

The Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA), the City of Seattle, and King County have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to identify strategies to preserve farmland and increase food production in King County. Phase I will begin immediately, and will analyze options and make recommendations on how to preserve and restore farmland […]

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FOOD WORK ON THE PATH TO ZERO WASTE

July 25th, 2013

When we launched the Zero Waste Strategy in 2007, food waste was one of the two largest components of the waste stream that Seattle sent to the landfill (along with construction debris). That’s why we focused on food waste collection and prevention as a key strategy. New numbers show that we are making big progress, […]

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FARM BILL UPDATE

July 11th, 2013

The saga of the Federal Farm Bill (AKA ‘Food Bill’, which is what local food advocates prefer to call it), has reached a new level of uncertainty. The Senate approved a new Farm Bill, which continued most of the important reforms made in the 2008 Farm Bill, added some important provisions that promote local healthy […]

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CASA LATINA, VERA, AND FRESH BUCKS

June 11th, 2013

On Monday, June 10, the Council unanimously approved the First Quarter Supplemental to the 2013 Budget. As the title suggests, we amend the approved budget four times during the year, to correct errors, add expenditures for priorities that have emerged since the budget was approved, and/or make cuts if revenues are coming in below target. […]

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FARM CITY ROUNDTABLE

June 6th, 2013

Last week King County invited me to present at the second South County Farm/City Roundtable, sponsored by the County in cooperation with the King County Agriculture Commission and the King Conservation District. The meeting, at Green River Community College, brought farmers and City representatives from Auburn, Kent, Normandy Park, SeaTac, and Tukwila together to talk […]

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FOOD ACTION PLAN ADOPTED BY COUNCIL

May 7th, 2013

On Monday, April 29, the City Council unanimously adopted Seattle’s first formal Food Action Plan. The goal of the Plan is to increase access to healthy food, support local food production and strengthen the local economy. The Plan builds on my Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI), adopted by the Council in 2008 in response to […]

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GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON OPPOSED BY CITY, MURRAY, CANTWELL, AND SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY

April 23rd, 2013

GENETICALLY ENGINEERED SALMON OPPOSED BY CITY, MURRAY, CANTWELL, AND SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY Earth Day, April 22, was a good day for a unanimous Mayor and Council to join Senators Cantwell and Murray and the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in opposing a proposal before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that would approve the commercial […]

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FOOD WORK 2013

February 26th, 2013

In 2012 my office began a new phase of our work on the Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI). We have completed many of the key initial land use and funding actions identified in the LFAI, and have made major progress in creating secure institutional homes for continued work on food policy. Seattle now has a […]

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