The Mid-Shore Food System Coalition Guiding Principles summarize the major common-ground ideas that emerged collectively from mediated conversations held during the Mid-Shore Food Systems Planning Session on May 13, 2015. 125 participants, representing the five Mid-Shore counties and eight stakeholder groups, were assembled into breakout teams and asked to contemplate the future of the food system on the Mid-Shore.
These guiding principles will be used by the Mid-Shore Food System Coalition to inform its development, strategic planning, and work.
The Mid-Shore Food System of the future grows, provides access to, and makes available, healthy, safe, and sustainably and justly produced food.
It engages Mid-Shore communities, responds to changes in the regional market and environment, and accounts for external costs and benefits when considering its economic contributions to the community.
To achieve this vision, the Mid-Shore Food System Coalition will:
- promote the food system as a common good, and support its incorporation into the decision making of local and state elected officials.
- ensure that farmland is affordable and plentiful for new and established farmers.
- identify and expand a broad array of markets for local agricultural products, including tourism, in rural, suburban, and urban areas.
- leverage funding and investments in the development of regional production, distribution, and marketing infrastructure.
- educate and cultivate consumers who hold a deep respect and understanding of where their food comes from.
- create demand for healthy, safe, and sustainably and justly sourced food through broad-based food and nutrition education.
- eliminate income, geographic location, race, and personal background as barriers to adequate healthy food and nutritional education.
- eradicate food deserts – areas devoid of healthy, safe, just, and sustainably sourced food – on the Mid-Shore.
- provide food production and distribution workers with adequate training, compensation and treatment consistent with a good quality of life.
- support the identification, establishment, and enforcement of policy that supports safe and sustainably grown food production.
- promote water protection and land stewardship throughout the food system.
- support agricultural practices on the Mid-Shore that enhance soils, environmental health and resiliency.
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