Strengthening the Economy, Health, & Climate Security through Resilient Agriculture and Food Systems

 

Caesare Assad, Chris Adamo, Dan Miller, David LeZaks, David Strelneck, Eric Smith, Ian McSweeney, Jeff Moyer, Jo Handelsman, Mandy Ellerton, Ma’raj Sheikh, Mark Muller, Megan DeBates, Nathan Rosenberg, Ray Boyle, Shauna Sadowski, Sophie Egan, Timothy Male

April 2021

While agricultural policy can and should be shaped at the local, regional, state, and national level, this document places special emphasis on the role of the federal government. Building better food systems will require multiple government agencies, especially federal agencies, to collaboratively advance more equitable policies and practices. Most national agricultural programs are housed within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). But the interconnectedness of how we produce food and fiber (and the ways in which those practices impact our environment and nourish people) demands priority investment not only from USDA, but also from the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Health and Human Services—to name just a few. This document—based on a review of existing policy recommendations and current practice, development and refinement of new ideas, and identification of underleveraged roles and programs within the government— suggests what such investments might look like in practice.

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