Food System Assessments and Food Policy

As communities around the country begin to observe and acknowledge the far reaching impacts of our current food system, interest in connecting the dots by way of comprehensive local food system assessments has increased. Through food system assessments, communities can examine the connections between production, distribution, consumption and waste disposal and measure their impacts on the environment, human health and livelihoods through a set of indicators over time. Understanding the trends and relationships between elements within the food system ultimately assists community members and policy makers in pinpointing areas of concern and working for appropriate and equitable reforms.

SAREP has conducted several food system assessments with the goal of examining the overall viability of a county's food system and in so doing, identifying key steps necessary to strengthen the foundation for a thriving local food system.

County-level food system assessments