Sunday, October 03, 2010

Good Food for All agenda launches at the Roots of Change summit

L.A. isn't all celebrity chefs and groovy cocktails. It's also a city that's become increasingly aware of the need to get better food to more people more of the time, and I don't just mean bringing more food trucks to Wilshire Blvd. A year ago, Mayor Villaraigosa appointed a task force to look into better food policy for the city, and the agenda is being unveiled during the three day Roots of Change conference Wednesday to Friday at the Omni Hotel.
The centerpiece of the conference is Good Food for All Taste of the Los Angeles Foodshed event at Vibiana Wednesday evening. Tickets are available for $100 and include tastes from John Sedlar, Mark Gold, Jimmy Shaw, Neal Fraser, Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, Nancy Silverton, Josiah Citrin and many more, using products from great California farms and other suppliers. It's a great way to meet all these chefs and help improve accessibility to better food for all L.A. area residents.
Here's a few of the recommendations the task force will concentrate on:
- Increase the consumption of locally produced foods, by helping local small and mid-sized farmers sell their produce in the urban areas and by increasing market demand.
- The city, schools and other food service providers can help lead the way by  adopting local food purchasing policies, as has been done in San Francisco, New York and other major cities.- The task force also recommends other measures, like increasing food stamp enrollment, supporting community gardens, and encouraging healthy food retail in underserved neighborhoods.

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