2022 Report on Policy and System Change Actions of the NC Food Network
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NC Food Network: Policy and Systems Change Actions
In this 2022 Report, we dive into inspiring stories of how these food councils have been tackling some of the biggest issues facing our community food systems. From advocating for policy change to supporting local farmers and addressing food insecurity, these groups have been leading the charge to build a more equitable and resilient food system for all North Carolinians.
Moving forward, we are committed to publishing this report annually to highlight the progress and challenges faced by North Carolina food councils and groups engaging in food systems change, policy and advocacy efforts.
In this report, we explore how food councils across the state are addressing critical issues such as food insecurity, food access, and sustainability, and how they are collaborating with partners across sectors to make progress on policy and systems change toward a more equitable and resilient food system. We hope that this annual report will serve as a valuable resource for food councils, policymakers, and practitioners across the state, and we look forward to continuing to document the important work that is being done to create a more just and sustainable food system in North Carolina.
What is Policy Change?
Policies are guidelines or decisions that organizations, institutions, governments, or communities use to respond to a given situation. They are typically influenced by assumptions and sometimes shaped by limited knowledge of the situation and the individuals or groups with the power to make decisions.
Over time, policies can evolve and change.
The ultimate goal is to shift policies toward creating more equitable food outcomes. This means striving for policies that promote fairness and equal access to food resources, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or geographic location. We can build a healthier and more sustainable food system for all by continuously working towards policy change that prioritizes equity.
What is Systems Change?
Systems change refers to transforming how people, organizations, and structures interact, intending to improve the well-being of those most negatively affected by existing systems. This involves a fundamental shift in understanding the root causes of our food system challenges.
To achieve this, systems change starts with critically examining the underlying causes of a given issue. By exploring the root causes, we can identify the structural and systemic factors perpetuating the problem. This knowledge then informs the development of new approaches and strategies that aim to address the underlying causes of the issue.
Ultimately, the goal of systems change is to transform our social, economic, and political systems in ways that promote equity, justice, and sustainability. We can create more just and equitable food systems that benefit everyone by working towards systems change.
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