I was elected as a state delegate to represent Rhode Island at the Fourth Annual Food Solutions New England Summit in Pawtucket Rhode Island on June 12 & 13, 2014.
Food Solutions New England or FSNE is a regional food systems learning-action network dedicated to advancing a sustainable New England food system. The UNH Sustainability Institute serves as the backbone organization for FSNE.
The New England Food Summit is an action-oreinted working summit geared towards strengthen the regional food system sustainability. This year's summit includes a focus on urban and metropolitan food system issues, as well as the central place of food justice and racial equity in food system sustainability.
As part of our pre-work we were asked to read the New England Food Vision (to read the complete document click here).
The New England Food calls for our region to build the capacity to produce at least 50% of food in an environmentally and socially sustainable manner, that promotes health and is accessible by all New Englanders by 2060.
A New England Food Vision imagines a new future that is possible if society were to commit to supporting a sustainable food production in New England. We hope this report will compel people to act by creating new conversations, new collaborations and new, actionable plans. We seek to engage diverse voices and create new inspiration that will lead to healthy food and thriving communities.
Additionally we were asked to read or watch the following that revolve around this years theme of Racial Equality and Food Justice.
Over the next few days I will share with you my experiences from the summit.