Written by Alexa
When you look at all the different resources out there, the overall message is the same: readily available, healthy food; reducing the environmental impact of food production as well as transportation; and is socially equitable and provides local jobs.
A group supporting sustainable food systems is San Mateo County Food Systems Alliance (Food Alliance). Debuting in November 2006, Food Alliance’s goal has been to bring together all parts of San Mateo County’s food system and bring together not only local producers, but to connect them to larger food corporations. Food Alliance also strives to incorporate health and nutritional curricula to all elementary schools within the San Mateo County district.
In the United States, almost 32% of children and adolescents are considered to be overweight or obese (http://frac.org/initiatives/hunger-and-obesity/obesity-in-the-us/) and 30% of low-income preschoolers are also measured as obese. Communities need organizations and groups like Food Alliance to help integrate a better understanding of not only where our food comes from, but also how to build a healthier community.