Sitopia in the News: Seattle & L.A. Pass Ordinance in Support of Local Food

by Rachel Signer [[{"type":"media", "view_mode":"media_large", "fid":"63", "attributes":{"class":"media-image alignleft size-medium wp-image-297", "typeof":"foaf:Image", "style":"", "width":"300", "height":"224", "title":"user840241_pic69418_1298691812", "alt":""}}]]Both Seattle and Los Angeles have passed policies moving the cities toward local food sourcing as the norm. Way to go, West Coast!

In L.A., Mayor Villaraigosa's office released a statement he made for the press: “Healthy food makes healthy communities. By issuing this Executive Directive to all City departments to adopt the Good Food Purchasing Pledge and its accompanying guidelines, we incentivize other municipalities and institutions to follow our lead, encouraging sustainably produced food, healthy eating habits, respect for workers’ rights and support for the local business economy.”

Read about L.A.'s Good Food Ordinance here.

Seattle's Food Action Plan will emphasize farmland preservation, environmental sustainability, regional economic development, and better food access.

Mayor Mike McGinn's office shared this statement: “The action plan creates the path for our City’s food future. It will help strengthen our food economy, ensure that more people can grow food locally, and improve access to for everyone in our community to affordable healthy food.”

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