Publications & Research

This page contains links to recent articles, reports and research on food system issues.  

Food Recovery Guide 2017

The LA Food Policy Council and members of the Food Waste Rescue and Prevention Working Group produced a guide of local food recovery efforts called “Reducing Food Waste: Recovering untapped resources in our food system.” The guide aims to equip stakeholders in the public, private and non-profit sectors with resources to increase food recovery, divert food from landfills and better coordinate efforts. Highlighting organizations and practices happening in communities across Los Angeles County, the new guide aims to inspired new partnerships, demystify misconceptions related to the donation of food and inform policy efforts.

View or download the report here. 

The guide was shared with waste haulers under Zero Waste LA at an information session co-hosted by LAFPC, City Councilmember Paul Koretz and the Don’t Waste LA Coalition. Check out photos from the event here.

The Los Angeles Food Policy Tracker 2015

by the UCLA Resnick Program for Food and Law Policy in partnership with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council 

On October 23, 2013, the Los Angeles City Council officially recognized “Food Day,” an annual day to bring awareness to our food system and the policies that dictate it. In that spirit, this inaugural Los Angeles Food Policy Tracker documents food policies undertaken in Los Angeles since October 24th of 2012, when the City of Los Angeles made a significant food policy commitment in the form of adopting the Good Food Purchasing Pledge. While the focus of this tracker is policy actions in the City of Los Angeles, substantial policy actions undertaken at the Los Angeles County level are also included. The tracker will be updated and re-released on an annual basis in order to monitor food policy developments. The table is divided into nine columns, each specifying information about a policy and providing a brief description, along with a reference to sources for more information.

View or download the tracker.

The Good Food Purchasing Pledge: Case Study Evaluation and Year-One Progress Update (2014)

The report was produced by an evaluation team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Community and Regional Food Systems Project. Together with LAFPC staff, the team created a GFPP logic model to identify indicators to track and follow over time to gauge program success. This tracking will reveal changes in awareness by vendors and suppliers and behavioral shifts of institutions and consumers for local, sustainable, fair, humanely produced food. Read the evaluation team’s blog post here.

Full Report

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“Know Your Fish Farm” is a report written by LAFPC founder Paula Daniels which explores how sustainable aquaculture in a land-based system could be a part of an urban agriculture strategy that is linked to a food hub, and which could also serve communities with limited access to food. This report was made possible by the Durfee Foundation, which awarded a two-year Stanton Fellowship to Daniels in 2012.

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The Los Angeles Food System Snapshot presents an overall picture of the Los Angeles regional foodshed across nine food system topics areas: Regional Foodshed, Environmental Sustainability, Health, Retail Food Environment & Street Food, Food System Workers, Food Security, Urban Agriculture, Animal Welfare, and Food Waste.

LA Food System Snapshot Executive Summary

LA Food System Snapshot Full Report


Additional research can be found in the following two archives:

(1)  Articles, Reports & Research

(2)  Student Research