Nov 8, 2019

City Council Shows Broad Support for Local Food with Policy Change.


Council approves zoning changes that increase the ability of farmers to sell their produce to the public as well as a Local Food Procurement resolution encouraging local anchor institutions to use their buying power to positively impact the New Orleans economy.

(New Orleans, LA) On Thursday, November 7, 2019, New Orleans City Council approved two items that will increase both the access to fresh and local food and the economic opportunities for farmers, food businesses and entrepreneurs, through the Small Box Diversity Study and Resolution No R-19-456.

“These two policy items are a big step in increasing the amount of fresh food residents can access while giving farmers and those who are interested in farming the ability to support themselves and their families growing the food we all need. The City Council’s support shows a deep commitment to residents of New Orleans,“ said Elisa Munoz-Miller, Executive Director of New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee.

Changes to the CZO as part of the Small Box Diversity Study will allow farmers to sell directly from their farm, aggregate farm products from different farm sites, and more easily sell their food directly to those who need it most. Local farmers, farming support organizations Greater New Orleans Growers Alliance, SPROUT NOLA, and Recirculating Farms, and residents informed these community led ordinance changes.

The Council also unanimously approved Resolution No. R-19-456, introduces by Council Member Gisleson Palmer, which supports local food procurement by anchor institutions as well as the efforts of local food organizations to undertake efforts to build market demand while supporting farms in capacity building to meet the demand.

 A Farm to Institution study done by New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee and Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation showed that a 20% increase in local food procurement by anchor institutions, defined as hospitals, universities, public schools, long term care facilitates, civil and municipal service facilities, and correctional facilities, would have a nearly $2 million dollar impact on the local economy.

 “Propeller is thrilled to have the support of the City of New Orleans for this important initiative. This is an opportunity to not only affect the public health of our city, but to also support a thriving food business ecosystem for New Orleans and the region,” said Kristine Creveling, Senior Food Program Manager, Propeller: A Force for Social Innovation.

 New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee (FPAC) is a broad-based coalition of organizations, businesses and individuals shaping public policy through education, advocacy and programming. In 2017 FPAC was named an advisory body to the New Orleans City Council in matters of food and agriculture.

For more information about FPAC please contact Elisa Munoz-Miller, elisa@nolafoodpolicy.org

 

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