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We all have food stories, and we all have a stake in the future of our food system.
— Mark Winne, Food Policy Council Founder, Author, and Expert

Working to Better the Food System of Birmingham and Jefferson County


What is a Food Policy Council?

A food policy council is a diverse group of people joined together with the ultimate goal of strengthening a community’s food system.

By working together and sharing ideas, food policy council members can help local government officials shape policies that make the food system better for everyone.

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What is a Food System?

Whether or not you are aware, you - as a consumer - are an integral part of a food system. The choices you make, such as where you shop and what you eat, have a direct impact on your local food system.

A food system encompasses all the activities involved with getting food "from farm to plate". From farming to processing to waste management, each component of the food system is interwoven with aspects of environmental, economic and social policy.

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