Support for local food economy

See the Statement for Local Food Economy developed by Advocates for Urban Agriculture, BIG/Blacks in Green, and a growing coalition of supporters, to reinforce the importance of local and neighborhood-based investments at this prime moment for redefinition of the city’s and nation’s economic vision and policy.

Last week, mayors and CEOs convened in Chicago with Mayor Emanuel and the First Lady and announced the expansion of major retail companies, including Walgreens and Walmart, in neighborhoods of Chicago deemed “food deserts.”

Please read the Statement and consider adding your signature, with your org affiliation and/or ward number.  Send your information as you would like it included to  The most current version with additional signatures will continue to be updated on AUA’s website.

The Statement has been sent to the Mayor and First Lady, groups and lists, and interested members of the media.  We ask you to send the Statement to your friends and allies, aldermen and policymakers, and to talk with them about it and our growing coalition.


6 Responses to “Support for local food economy”

  1. This federal state and local. Investment in desserts is a great way to empower underserved residents to become self reliant entrepreneurs. As well as combat cronic diseases in our communities. The best way to encourage new businesses to emerge from the growing concerns in local the food systems is to begin to host networking events that focuses on new information on how to get started and become profitable in this growing industry. Big corporations have no interest in supporting entrepreneurs in the local Foodservices because of pure greed the city need to encourage more green biz development and support start- up that focus on the reduction of cronic health issues in our community

  2. Agreed Emanuel!


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