2017-12-07 / Opinions

VIEW from Lansing

Roadmap for farm-toschool policies produced

2002-2017 survey available

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - According to the National Farm to School Network, farm-to-school policies have been a key strategy for making local food procurement, food education and school gardens a reality for millions of children. To support the continued growth of state policy advocacy, the National Farm to School Network has updated one of their signature resources that tracks how farm to school supportive-bills strengthening the farm to school movement. The State Farm to School Legislative Survey: 2002-2017 (http://www.farmtoschool.org/resources-main/statelegisativesurvey) offers a state by state review of every proposed farm to school policy since 2002, analysis of legislative trends, case studies of successful advocacy efforts and other resources for those working to advance farm to school in their communities.

Since 2002, 46 states, including Washington, D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands, have proposed 491 bills and resolutions supportive of farm to school activities. Since the last legislative survey published in 2014, Louisiana, Arkansas, Wyoming, Utah and Arizona have enacted their first farm-to-school legislation, with only a handful of states remaining that have yet to pass farm to school policy.

The State Farm to School Legislative Survey is designed to offer farm to school advocates a roadmap to learn about and compare existing, potentially replicable state farm to school laws, policies and programs in order to advance new legislation in their state.

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