Healthy Farms, Healthy People

Healthy Farms, Healthy PeopleIn 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

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