Together we can build a better food system. We envision a Connecticut where everyone has access to safe, nutritious, culturally appropriate, and affordable food; where the food system is more reliant on local and regional production; where the food supply chain, including farms and fisheries but also grocery stores and restaurants, supports many vibrant and varied businesses that provide sustainable livelihoods; where there is broad public awareness and passionate public support of a robust local food system; and where stewardship of soil, water, air and energy resources is institutionalized as an integral part of a resilient and robust regional culture of food, health and community.
In the coming decade, the food system in Connecticut will be thriving and resilient; it will be rooted in justice, equity, and sustainability. Connecticut will be in a position to achieve, together with other states in the region, the New England Food Vision of 50% local food production by 2060.
This racially, economically, environmentally just food system will thrive as a result of:
To support strong communities, the CFSA will:
- Create working relationships among food system stakeholders that are close, strong, enduring, fair, and equitable.
- Improve access for all community members to an adequate, affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate diet.
- Remove barriers to civic engagement and leverage influence to amplify community voices advocating for improvements to the food system.
- Encourage food and agriculture-related businesses that result in stronger community economies through creation of jobs with livable wages, fair pricing for consumers and producers, and recirculation of financial capital in the community.
- Encourage anchor institutions such as hospitals, schools, and government agencies to support their local communities by incorporating local food into their procurement policies.
- Develop and support policies that promote local food production and improve access to local retail and processing markets.
- Improve health, reduce risk of diet-related diseases, and increase enjoyment of food among community members.
To develop consumers into informed food system stakeholders, the CFSA will:
- Provide the information and experiences necessary for consumers (children and adults) to understand the sources of their food; the social, environmental, and health impacts of their food choices; and the role of food in a healthy community.
- Raise public participation and interest in food and agriculture, leading consumers to self-identify as food system stakeholders.
- Foster a culture of civic engagement for equitable and sustainable food policy at the municipal, state, and federal level.
- Clarify information in cases where obscurity, uncertainty, and equivocation prevail.
- Advocate for health and nutrition education to be available for all ages.
Sustainable Food Economy
To promote sustainable food production and distribution, the CFSA will identify and promote:
- The application of sustainable agricultural practices that preserve and enhance natural resources and ecosystem services.
- Energy efficient practices throughout the system.
- Strategies that reduce and reuse resources, including waste, throughout the food system.
- Sustainable infrastructure that ensures our goals for the food system can be met today, tomorrow and forever.
- Research-based, up-to-date, sound regulations for food production and land management that balance human health, the environment, and producer concerns.