There is a growing body of resources for food systems planning. Listed below is some basic information to get you started.

American Planning Association food systems planning publications | Since 2008, the APA has engaged in food systems planning research. This webpage provides a list of all the various food systems planning related publications.

Faces of Food Systems Planning | As part of an on-going series, the APA-FIG Leadership Committee interviewed practicing planners engaged in some aspect of food planning or policy. The interviews highlight how planners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors are actively working on food production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, and/or waste issues as part of their day-to-day jobs.

Food Connections Policy Database | The Growing Food Connections Policy Database is a searchable collection of local public policies that explicitly support community food systems. This database provides policymakers, government staff, and others interested in food policy with concrete examples of local public policies that have been adopted to address a range of food systems issues: rural and urban food production, farmland protection, transfer of development rights, food aggregation and distribution infrastructure, local food purchasing and procurement, healthy food access, food policy councils, food policy coordination, food system metrics, tax reductions and exemptions for food infrastructure, and much more.

Food Systems Educators in North America and Europe | Growing Food Connections provides a listing of planning educators and general food systems educators engaged in teaching food systems in North America and Europe.

Food Systems Reader | The Growing Food Connections Essential Food Systems Reader is a collection of published resources that explore local and regional level public policy challenges and opportunities related to community food systems. Unlike traditional food systems bibliographies, the Essential Food Systems Reader focuses on resources related to public policy, and the role of the local or regional government in improving community food production and community food security. Collectively, the Essential Food Systems Reader provides a foundation of knowledge on these topics – a starting place for communities wishing to tackle these important issues.

Graduate Planning Courses in Food Systems Planning | Growing Food Connections interviewed accredited planning programs across North America and identified over 20 food systems planning courses offered. This webpage provides links to many of the syllabi for these courses.




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