Good Food

What is a Good Food System?

Los Angeles County spent $25.4 billion on food in 2008. Imagine if we could redirect just one tenth of that money towards developing a Good Food system. A system where small and mid-sized growers and ranchers in the region would be paid a fair price enabling them to produce food sustainably and guarantee safe and fair working conditions for their workers; a system for urban farmers within our neighborhoods; local clean and green food processors and manufacturers; and green trucks and mobile food vendors with drivers able to earn living wages while driving shorter distances to deliver good food to diverse food retailers in every neighborhood, and to community kitchens, local restaurants, street vendors, schools, hospitals, food banks and other institutions.

  
From Southern California Farms to Los Angeles Neighborhoods
Image: Handbuilt Studio

A Good Food System:

  • Prioritizes the health and well being of our residents.
  • Makes healthy, high quality food  affordable.
  • Contributes to a thriving economy where all participants in the food supply chain receive fair  compensation and fair treatment.
  • Protects and strengthens our biodiversity and natural resources throughout the region.
  • Ensures that good food is accessible to all.

Good Food For All Goals

As identified in the Good Food for All Agenda

 A THRIVING GOOD FOOD ECONOMY FOR EVERYONE

  • The new regional food system  will create and retain good food jobs with opportunities for training and  upward mobility available to residents of all racial, ethnic and socio economic backgrounds
  • The health and well being of  all workers will be a fundamental component of a sustainable food system.
  • Workers will be treated with  respect, justice, and dignity.
  • City and County policies will  encourage and incentivize the development of healthy food retail and  alternative food resources in underserved areas, including communities of  color.

 

STRENGTHENED AGRICULTURAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP THROUGHOUT THE REGION

  • Regional infrastructure for      production, processing, distribution and marketing of good food will be  substantially increased, improved, and developed.
  • Los Angeles will achieve  prominence in production, distribution, and consumption of good food.
  • More small and mid-sized family  farms will emerge in the foodshed and thrive.
  • City and County policies will  encourage and incentivize the development of healthy food retail and      alternative food resources in underserved areas, including communities of  color.

 

BETTER HEALTH AND WELL BEING OF RESIDENTS

  • Increased investments in the  economic stability of residents through jobs, healthcare and public assistance will reduce hunger.
  • Health disparities will  decrease due to increased access to nutritious food.
  • Improved food access and  consumption will be a catalyst to reduce class and race inequities in  neighborhoods.
  • The healthiest food choices  will be the easiest food choices.
  • Community residents will have  the awareness of how food is produced and the opportunity to learn in  school (and elsewhere) how to grow and produce their own food and make  healthy food choices.
  • Increased investment in  nutrition programs will strengthen the health of residents.
  • Cooking food and culinary  skills will be seen as an important value and resources are available,  including access to affordable, fresh, and culturally appropriate food,  and storage and cooking capacity to transform preparing food into a daily  celebration.