On May 27, 2020, the Healthy Food Policy Project hosted a webinar (which can be found on YouTube) in which we discussed the use of planning and policy tools to address major shocks to local food systems during emergencies such as pandemics and natural disasters. Our talk revolved around how planning can proactively shape the resiliency of food systems, how local policymakers can respond, and how municipalities are beginning to develop policies that can shape their food systems well into the future. We know that there were many questions that attendees had that were not answered.
Our new webinar will create space for these discussions using break out rooms to discuss the following topics:
*Bridging gap between planners and food system practitioners (including food systems mapping)
*Emergency food response policy and planning approaches for smaller cities and non-urban communities
*Laws that support fresh food sales/purchases, food cultivation, hunting or fishing
*Policy strategies for ongoing food access for priority populations during the COVID-19 pandemic
*The role of food policy councils during emergency response situations
These rooms will allow for a conversation among attendees to share and learn from one another. Please select which group you would like to be a part of when you register.
Due to the discussion structure of the webinar, we will not be posting an archived recording.
-Ross Daniels, AICP, Community Planner, Public Health Law Center
-Amanda Karls, Staff Attorney, Public Health Law Center
-Lihlani Nelson, Associate Director, Center for Agriculture & Food Systems (CAFS) at Vermont Law School
-Luis Nieves-Ruiz, AICP, Economic Development Manager, East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
-Anne Palmer, Program Director, Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Associate Scientist, Bloomberg School of Public Health