Upon Adoption of the Douglas County Food System Plan in summer 2017, the Food Policy Council established a new set of priorities that target several of the policy action items listed within the plan. (The Plan is organized by Goal --> Objective --> Policy Action Item.) The Council will reassess these priorities in winter 2018-2019. Learn more below and reach out to us if you're interested in engaging with us or have a question!
|FULL COUNCIL PRIORITIES|
|Goal 4, Objective 2 (Expand City- and County-led initiatives to make food more affordable)||4.2.1: Reduce and eliminate the sales tax on groceries|
|Goal 1, Objective 3 (Increase local food purchasing)||1.3.1: Invest in signage, shared infrastructure, and coordinated marketing to support Douglas County farmers markets|
|Goals 1 & 2 Committee|
|Goal #1: Agricultural producers, food entrepreneurs, and food sector workers thrive in our regional economy.|
|Goal 1, Objective #1: Develop Local Food and Agricultural Businesses.||1.1.1: Maintain currently adopted policies for food systems economic development|
|Goal 1, Objective #2: Promote local food, farms, and agricultural heritage tourism.||1.2.1: Review the impact of Douglas County agritourism policies and implement changes as needed|
|Goal #2: As our cities grow, prioritize natural resource conservation and maintain working lands to promote soil health.|
|Objective #3: Improve soil and water quality.||2.3.4: Conduct an analysis of local impacts from pesticide drift|
|Goals 3 & 4 Committee|
|Goal #3: We build and design our communities to ensure food access, foster health, and eliminate food deserts.|
|Objective #1: Reduce built environment and transportation barriers that limit food access.||3.1.1: Assess the policy barriers that may prevent grocery store locations in recognized food deserts|
|Objective #3: Make Healthy Food Choices More Convenient.||3.3.3: Establish supports for neighborhood retailers to stock and promote nutritionally-dense food options, including fruits and vegetables|
|Goal #4: Our community fosters an equitable food system.|
|Objective #1: Apply equity principles to local government food system efforts.||
4.1.2: Engage underserved and traditionally marginalized residents in public local food programs
4.1.5: Adopt a policy to encourage diversity in local government appointments to advisory boards and commissions
4.4.3: Facilitate connections between area agricultural producers and ethnic food retail outlets.
|Goal 5 Committee|
|Goal #5: Our community eliminates waste in our local food system.|
|Objective #1: Foster a community culture of waste reduction.||
5.1.2: Support organizations, institutions, and businesses to conduct food waste audits and implement best practices
|Objective #3: Design and implement composting programs for commercial, institutional, and residential settings.||
5.3.1: Maintain implementation of the 2012 Solid Waste Task Force report and implementation of Douglas and Jefferson Counties Regional Solid Waste Management Plan.
5.3.2: Analyze the feasibility of expanding the City of Lawrence Solid Waste composting operations to include food waste and compostable food service items.