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Strategies for Supporting Sustainable Food Systems

Session 6

Summary
How can we promote change? This session goes deeper into possible strategies and barriers to advancing sustainable food systems and encourages the learner to develop a personal strategy for change.

Guiding Questions

  • What are possible ways to achieve a sustainable food system?
  • What are the barriers to these solutions?
  • How can I/we change our actions to improve our part of the food system?

Big Ideas

  • Strategies to promote sustainable food systems include pasture-raised meats, organic agriculture, locally grown foods, farmer’s markets, urban gardening, Fair Trade and Community Supported Agriculture.  Each presents opportunities and barriers/challenges.
  • There are multiple ways to advance these strategies at the local, state, national and international levels.

Session 6 Materials:

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"Somebody has to go into farming. Somebody has to do it, it's a good life. It takes a lot of money these days to get going. It is not a get-rich scheme but the lifestyle is great. There gets to be to many people owning to much farm. Doctors and lawyers have the money to buy land and they hire somebody to farm it. We need family farms; more people need to own the land. I guess I would rather see 10 people own a little bit than one person own a lot. We need more voices in agriculture."

The Risdall Family, Roland, Iowa - Story County from People Sustaining the Land, by Cynthia Vagnetti 2002.