Resources Directory

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Food Policy

LA Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Pledge

LA becomes the first city to sign a Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Motion Pledge. The LA Food Policy Council’s Good Food Purchasing and Procurement Pledge addresses support for the local economy, sustainable production, a valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. The Motion passed unanimously with 14 ayes on Food Day (October 24, 2012).

A Clean [Farm] Bill of Health
The winning graphic from December 2011’s Farm Bill Hackathon. See other great infographics here.

National Farmland Trust’s Key Studies and Reports
National and regional reports on agriculture, urbanization, legislation, and the economy
Farm Bill 101
Quick overview from Northwest Farm Bill Action GroupFarm Bill Primer
Maps, resources, and links for understanding the Farm Bill and who influences how it’s written.

Farm Bill Budget Visualizer
This project of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future uses interactive “treemap” technology to share information about the budget of the 2008 Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill and You
A series of informational art that relates daily activities and everyday food to the complex policy language of the Farm Bill.


How the Farm Bill Affects More Than Just Farms
Web diagram from the Center for American ProgressThe Farm Bill and Communities of Color Webinar Archive

Farm subsidies 101
Factsheet from Food and Water WatchUnited States Farm Bills – National Agricultural Law Center

Full text for all US Farm Bills from 1933 to Present
Basic GIPSA Rule Explanation (2010)

How GIPSA’s Competition Rule Disrupts Packers’ Plan to Control the Cattle Supply Chain (Part I) and (Part II)
By the President of Ranchers-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, United Stockgrowers of America

Urban Food Policy

CFSC’s Food Policy Council Map

State and Local Food Policy Councils
No longer updated, but still a good resource

Oakland Food Policy Council

NY Times: A History of Food Stamps Use and Policy

Planning to Eat?
Innovative Local Government Plans & Policies to Build Healthy Food Systems in the US

Urban Agriculture

SF Urban Ag Toolkit
Starting a garden or urban farm can be difficult in SF. The SFUAA guide Starting a Garden or Urban Farm in San Francisco can help you get started.

East Bay Urban Ag Toolkit
Everything from soil basics to site testing!

Urban and Peri-Urban Agriculture Resources List
Extensive website list from Resource Centres on Urban Agriculture and Food Security

City Harvest

City Farmer News
City Farmer’s first website Urban Agriculture Notes has provided urban ag web resources since 1994

Urban Permaculture
Resources by Planting Justice

Institute of Urban Homesteading

Urban Food – Scaling up Urban Agriculture in Oakland, CA

Farmworker Justice

Inventory of Farmworker Issues and Protections in the United States
Collaborative report by United Farm Workers and Bon Appétit Management Company Foundation with support from Oxfam America

The Color of Food Report
Maps out how race, gender, and class affect labor in food production

Pigford Lawsuit Settlement
From the Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund

Food Chain Workers Alliance

Student/Farmworker Alliance

Fields of Peril: Child Labor in US Agriculture
Extensive report from Human Rights Watch

Focus on the Food Chain

Coalition of Immokalee Workers
Florida-based farmworker rights organization

Just Harvest

Injustice on Our Plates: Immigrant Women in the US Food Industry
Southern Poverty Law Center report

Food Politics Blogs

Food First blog

Yale Sustainable Food Project

U.S. Food Policy Blog

La Vida Locavore’s Sustainable Food blog

Farm to Table
A community blog chronicling the people, places and ideas shaping the local food movement

Civil Eats


The Slow Food USA Blog

Obama Foodorama Blog
Covering Obama Administration food and nutrition initiatives


The Ethicurean: Chew the Right Thing


Food Politics
Blog written by professor and author Marion Nestle

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future – Blog

Politics of the Plate
Written by James Beard Award winner Barry Estabrook

Health, Nutrition, & Food Safety

Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate
A guide that focuses on the types and quality of food consumers should choose to ensure a healthy diet

The Impact of Farm Bill Policies on Public Health
A report from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future that analyzes 18 policies in the 2008 Farm Bill and how they affect the health of our communities.

Portion Distortion Interactive Quiz – National Institutes of Health
Compares contemporary meal portions to the portions available 20 years ago

PBS Frontline Guide to Industrial Beef Production
Exhaustive site with interviews and reports on food safety, inspections, and farm conditions from 2002

GMO Myths and Truths
An evidence-based examination of the claims made for the safety and efficacy of genetically modified crops.

Communities Creating Healthy Environments Resource Library
Reports on health and diet in communities of color

Rethink the Food Label Competition
Collaboration between GOOD Magazine and UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s News21

The Health of Alameda County Cities and Places
Report from Alameda County Public Health Department containing demographic and health information

Cultural and Ethnic Food and Nutrition Education Materials
Extensive resource list from USDA

California AgVision 2030
Over the last two years, the CA State Board of Food and Agriculture has been working on the California Agricultural Vision (Ag Vision) — a process to result in a strategic plan for the future of the state’s agriculture and food system

Farmers’ Markets & CSAs

Local Harvest
Resource for finding local farmers’ markets, CSAs, family farms, etc.

California Federation of Certified Farmer’s Markets

Farmers’ Markets of Southern California

WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program
Overview from the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Learn about SNAP Benefits at Farmers’ Markets
From the USDA Food and Nutrition Service

Farmers Market Coalition – Resource Library
Extensive resource database developed by a wide spectrum of organizations, agencies, and academic institutions

Maps, Guides, Etc.

Health Policy Brief 2012:  Food Insecurity in CA

A Consumer’s Guide to Sustainable Seafood

Eat Well Guide

EWG’s Good Food on a Tight Budget

EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce

EWG’s Meat Eater’s Guide

USDA’s Food Desert Locator

USDA’s Food Environment Atlas
Tracks statistics on food access, community health and socioeconomic status

Interactive Map of Food Price Pressure Points
Oxfam America map of food price spikes

The Interactive Oakland Urban Agriculture Map
Project led by Nathan McClintock, UC Berkeley Dept. of Geography

Food & Water Watch’s Factory Farm Map

Fair Food List
List of orgs working for just and sustainable food compiled by Fair Food Network

The Color of Food Directory
Worldwide directory and map for food leaders, farmers, and initiatives led by people of color

Greenhorns Guidebook
Resource written by young farmers, for young farmers

Youth Food Bill of Rights
Youth at the Rooted in Community Leadership Summit came up with this list of demands for a just food system

Principles of a Healthy, Sustainable Food System
Released by a coalition of the American Planning Association, American Dietetic Association, American Public Health Association and American Nurses Association


Farm Bill Petition
CFJC signed this petition because of the need to improve the health of our local communities. Sign today to put pressure on our California congressmen to reform the national food system.