The Statement for Local Food Economy
In October 2011, CEOs convened in Chicago with Mayor Emanuel and the First Lady to announce the expansion of major retail companies, including Walgreens and Walmart, in neighborhoods of Chicago deemed “food deserts.”
The Statement for Local Food Economy, developed by Advocates for Urban Agriculture, Angelic Organics Learning Center, Blacks in Green, and a growing coalition of supporters, offers an alternative vision, reinforcing the importance of local and neighborhood-based investments at this prime moment for redefinition of the city’s economic vision and policy.
The Statement has been sent to the Mayor, First Lady, and media outlets, and we will continue to use it as a tool for advocating for sound local food policy among decisionmakers.
In addition to the Statement, the members of the coalition have interviewed locally owned grocers, co-ops, farmers markets, farm stands, restaurants and others that have already made a first step towards buying locally produced goods. With this information, we aim to create a comprehensive document to show policy makers, funders, current and prospective food business owners, media, and the general public what a successful and vibrant local food economy could look like, and how we can get there.
What You Can Do
We need your help! As AUA continues to advocate for a more local and sustainable food system, it helps to have proof of your support. Please consider adding your name to our Statement for Local Food Economy by filling out the form below.
To view additional resources that support vibrant food economies, click here.