2017 LAFPC Food System Dashboard (beta)


Sustainable food systems ensure that food is grown, processed, distributed and recycled in ways that are environmentally responsible, equitable and economically viable for current and future generations. Environmental stewardship and regenerative agriculture  is practiced through food growing and business practices that avoid  harm to our air, soil, seeds and water, and renew the resources needed to feed our population.

2013 Snapshot Food System Topic Areas:

  • Regional Foodshed
  • Urban Agriculture
  • Food Waste
  • Environmental Sustainability

Case Study: Roots for Peace

Case Study: Community Compost Hubs

Commentary: Food Waste

Commentary: Local Foods

Key Findings

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Food for Thought

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Key Findings

The key findings in this section are informed by the Dashboard statistics, case studies and expert commentaries.


Map of Sustainability in LA Regional Food Shed

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Case Studies

Case Study: Roots for Peace – Coming soon! 

Case Study: Community Compost Hubs


Back to our Roots – Strengthening Connections Between Sustainability & Equity in Los Angeles: Jin Ju Wilder, LA + SF Specialty

Food Recovery & Waste Prevention – Los Angeles’ Most Untapped Resource: Rick Nahmias, Food Forward

Food for Thought

California is home to one of the largest food producing regions in the country– supplying fruit, nuts, vegetables, grains and livestock for not just much of the U.S but also the world. The strain of producing food for the world on local environmental resources, however, is cause for serious concern. Excessive use of synthetic pesticides, concentrated animal waste, monocrop farming, over tillage, global shipping, and extreme wastage are all some of the practices that have put our environment and the resiliency of our food supply in jeopardy.  Soil health, water supplies and air quality can be jeopardized by agricultural practices more focused on  mass production than protecting the ecosystem and sustaining local communities. Food waste generated from multiple points along the food supply chain contributes to approximately 9% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions— threatening our local resiliency and contributing to climate change. Local and sustainable food system strategies such as regenerative, community-supported and urban agriculture, farmers markets surplus food recovery, and community composting have all been identified as better alternatives for the health of people and the planet.

As we strive to undo the negative environmental impacts of our food system and establish more responsible practices, it is important to ensure that those most impacted by these impacts are a part of the solution, including small farmers, agricultural workers, residents living adjacent to large industrial agriculture, women and people of color farmers and low-income families who benefit from surplus food distribution.

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