This project will identify laws and policies affecting production and distribution of healthier foods to local communities’ schools, institutions, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores. It will analyze policies that currently discourage farmers from producing and distributing healthy foods, and identify policies that could encourage farmers to produce and distribute healthy foods in a community-based system, profitably and sustainably. The study design will include: (1) outreach to farm organizations to help identify legal and policy obstacles to production of healthier food to farmers’ local communities’ schools, institutions, farmers’ markets, and grocery stores; (2) legal research and analysis on federal agricultural laws, regulations, and policies that impede production and distribution of healthy food in the U.S.; and (3) proposed specific legal and policy solutions that would help develop a system of growing and distributing healthy and culturally appropriate food in communities, particularly low-income communities.
Start Date: September 2008
ID #: 65057
Principal Investigator: Jill Krueger, JD
Co-Principal Investigator: Karen Krub, JD
Organization: Farmers' Legal Action Group, Inc.
Funding Round: Round 3
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