In collaboration with the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, the Illinois Local Food, Farms, and Jobs Council (ILFFJC), and several other key stakeholders, IPHI held a state-wide Healthy Farms, Healthy People: Supporting Local Food Systems and Improving Public Health symposium to address food access, regulations, food safety, and production/supply issues in Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – the day before national “Food Day.”
Read the Healthy Farms, Healthy People Symposium Policy and Research Agenda Report here.
One hundred sixty-one people registered for the event. Roughly 140 people attended, which ensured a diversity of perspectives from a variety of health and agricultural stakeholders – including farmers; public health and food safety practitioners; food processors; food, nutrition and health entrepreneurs; and advocates for local food systems, farmers’ markets, urban farming, healthy food access, and farm to school/institution programs.
The goals of the meeting were to:
- Increase inter-sectoral understanding of diverse perspectives pertaining to food access, food production/supply, ensuring food safety, and their impact on expanding local food systems.
- Provide a meaningful opportunity for networking, building relationships, and improved understanding among sectors that typically do not interact with one another.
- The production of a catalytic policy and research agenda that: (1) advances the creation of a local food system and improves public health, (2) lends itself to participatory and transdisciplinary methods and approaches, and (3) is better addressed jointly by health and agricultural stakeholders working together – not by either sector acting alone.
Healthy Farms, Healthy People Policy and Research Agenda Report Webinar – Recorded January 30, 2013