Posts for 'Food Policy'

HEALTHY FOOD IN VENDING MACHINES

February 15th, 2013

On Wednesday, February 13, the PLUS Committee reviewed an ordinance I have introduced that will increase the amount of healthy options in vending machines operated on City property. The majority of these machines only serve city employees. The Committee will vote on the ordinance at our February 27 meeting, with Full Council action scheduled for […]

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NEW P-PATCHES AND PUBLIC GARDEN SPACE IN SEATTLE!

January 8th, 2013

Every once in a while there’s an unexpected positive in the midst of negative impacts like those of the current recession. Seattle’s gardeners will benefit because the City projected inflation rates that were higher than have actually been experienced when the Council developed the 2008 Parks and Green Spaces Levy. A lower inflation rate associated […]

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REGIONAL FOOD POLICY COUNCIL SECOND YEAR ACCOMPLISHMENTS

October 24th, 2012

The Regional Food Policy Council (RFPC) is housed at the Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC), the principal regional planning entity covering King, Snohomish, Pierce, and Kitsap Counties.  I led the effort to create the RFPC, and now serve as its Chair.  The RFPC first met in September 2010, and we have now completed our second […]

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CAN WESTERN WASHINGTON FEED ITSELF?

July 3rd, 2012

The Local Food Action Initiative (LFAI) is designed to increase gardening and farming in the City, encourage farmers markets and other connections to local producers, and emphasize food as an important part of our economy.  We know that eating more locally can reduce the cost of transport, provide access to food that is healthier and […]

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PUBLIC HEALTH ACTIONS AGAINST OBESITY

April 24th, 2012

Obesity continues to be a major public health challenge.  Too many Americans are overweight enough that their health is suffering, with diseases like diabetes rising dramatically.  In Seattle 50% of adults and 22% of youth are overweight or obese. The problem is that healthy food is often expensive and not widely available, while unhealthy food […]

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HUNGER FREE COMMUNITY

April 12th, 2012

United Way of King County has boldly announced a goal of making King County a hunger free community.  The City Council applauds this goal, and on March 15, I was a plenary speaker at a Hunger Action Forum convened by United Way, the Seattle Food Council, and the Meals Partnership Coalition to look at strategies […]

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SEATTLE FOOD ACTION PLAN FOR 2012

March 15th, 2012

 While the City will be putting together a long-range plan for local food through a series of three workshops that began on March 13, my office will continue to work with City Departments and regional partners on actions to implement the Local Food Action Initiative in 2012.  Here is our list of planned activities: Support […]

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CITY FOOD POLICY WORKSHOPS

March 1st, 2012

My staff and I have been working on issues around local food since we secured approval of the Local Food Action Initiative in 2008.  I am very happy that Mayor McGinn and the entire City Council have given great support to this work, and we have completed a large number of significant accomplishments on this […]

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FOOD POLICY COUNCIL SETS 2012 STRATEGY

February 21st, 2012

  At its February 10 meeting, the Regional Food Policy Council (RFPC) agreed to the recommendations of its Steering Committee for an action agenda for 2012.  The RFPC, which is entering its second year, worked during its first year to define its mission and scope of work and to understand the way in which the […]

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CLIMATE NEUTRAL BLOG POST 16: THE INTERSECTION OF FOOD AND CLIMATE

February 1st, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts).  American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate.  Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping […]

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