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Abstract: As communities have grown increasingly concerned about food deserts,
child obesity rates, globally<–>-<–>produced food, and the
loss of prime agricultural land <—>--<—> to name a few,
food policy councils (FPCs) are increasingly being formed as a way to solve these and many
other food system problems. FPCs have traditionally worked with a range of public and
private sector partners, ... read moreand in recent years, have been working more closely with urban and
regional planners at the city, county, and state level. Food system work is a nascent field
of planning, with many in the field not yet convinced that planners have a significant role
to play. In<–>-<–>depth case studies of four FPCs
Cleveland<–>-<–>Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition, the
Greater Kansas City Food Policy Coalition, the Santa Fe Food Policy Council, and the
Regional Food Policy Council of the Puget Sound Regional Council
<&mdash>--<&mdash> are offered as a way to highlight how planners serve
FPCs. The case study findings show that planners utilize general skills for their work with
FPCs and that general planner skills, rather than specific skills, are what FPCs seek out
and value. Considerations for planners are offered with the aim of making it easier for
planners to approach and engage with FPCs.
Thesis (M.A.)--Tufts University, 2012.
Submitted to the Dept. of Urban and Environmental Policy and
Advisor: Justin Hollander.
Committee: Ann Rappaport.
Keywords: Urban planning, and Public policy.read less