Food travels from farmers’ fields to your fork through a system that includes growing or raising produce and animals; processing and preparing food for distribution and consumption; as well as reducing, reusing, and recycling surplus and waste. Local governments can have a positive influence on the availability and accessibility of healthy food at all stages of a community’s food system.
Minneapolis uses local policies to support healthy food by ensuring opportunities to produce healthy food in all areas of the community, and to dispose of food system waste in a way that is environmentally and economically friendly. These resources outline the Minneapolis regulations and legal framework impacting the local food system to inform the community and increase involvement making healthy food more accessible.
Activities across all stages of the food system shape how people obtain healthy food. This includes producing food; processing and preparing food for sale or distribution; the availability and accessibility of food outlets; minimizing and recycling surplus waste; and composting. These activities are in turn impacted by state and local laws and systems.
Producing food is a key component of a strong local food system. Local food production supports community health, local food entrepreneurs, and community connections.
The most prevalent item in Minneapolis trash is from the food system. Reducing the overall amount of waste generated from the food system through composting and recycling is an important step in creating a healthy, sustainable food system.