The White House just announced $800,000 in funding, from a variety of executive branch agencies, to help 26 mostly smaller communities — from Tuskegee, Ala., to Loyal, Wisc. — integrate local food systems as a means to improve their economies.
That’s just peanuts if you compare it to the amount we pay to support crop insurance, for instance. But it could make a real difference to these towns.
It’s part of a federal initiative called Local Foods, Local Places. The project was announced back in June, so this isn’t a response to the call by food movement luminaries for a national food policy. But it does demonstrate the kind of action that the executive branch can take unilaterally to affect the country’s food system.
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