New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System

A sustainable food and farming system in New England is key to creating a region that is resilient, just, healthy, economically vibrant, and environmentally sound. New England Food Policy: Building a Sustainable Food System identifies policies that are helping New England grow its capacity to feed itself, policies that are hindering this growth, gaps in the existing policy framework, and opportunities for new policies to strengthen our food system. The report is based on interviews with food and farming leaders across the region and nearly two years of research and analysis.

The report focuses on public policy issues in five areas:

  • Land
  • Food Production
  • Food Safety, Processing, Aggregation, and Distribution
  • Markets
  • Waste Streams

For each area, the report examines state and federal policies that could increase the region’s food production and consumption. The final chapter examines regional models for states to work together to achieve shared goals. The purpose of this unique research is to suggest ways that New England states could most effectively cooperate to build a sustainable food system.

Downloadable Documents
Ben Bowell, Cris Coffin, Christophe Courchesne, Ivy Frignoca, Max Greene, Anthony Iarrapino, Jennifer Rushlow, Kathryn Ruhf
Northampton, MA: American Farmland Trust
Page Numbers
Publication Date
March 01, 2014
Publication Type
Reports and Studies
et al. Author(s)
Christophe Courchesne
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Local / Regional Food Systems

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