Changing the Food System

Here are some reports and readings that may be useful to folks who are working to change the food system to a more equitable and environmentally sound system.

Food as Commons

The Food Commons

The Food Commons 2.0

Community Wealth

Food should be a Commons not a Commodity

Food as a Commodity,  a Human Right, or a Common Good

Think Small

The Agrarian Trust


Pioneer Valley

The Pioneer Valley Food Security Plan (2012) – Pioneer Valley Planning Commission

Scaling Up Local Food – CISA

Feed Northampton (2010)

The Greenfield Food Study (2013)

Local Food, Local Jobs in the Pioneer Valley Food System (2013)


Massachusetts Food Policy Council

Massachusetts Food Action Plan

Food Solutions Massachusetts

New England

A New England Food Vision (2015) – Food Solutions New England

New England Food Policy (2104) – American Farmland Trust

New England Farmers Union Policy Document (2015)

Farm to Plate: Strengthening Vermont’s Food System (2014)

Sedgewick Maine Declares Sovereignty (2011) – Food Freedom

National and Global

Chinatown in NYC– Valarie Imbruce

Food and Farming Transition (2009) – Post Carbon Institute

Food Inc. and Fresh – National Family Farm Coalition

Direct and Intermediated Marketing of Local Foods in the U.S. (2100) – USDA-ERS

Facts on Direct-to-Consumer Food Marketing (2009) – USDA- Ag Marketing Service

The 25% Shift – Michael Shuman

Food Sovereignty – National Family Farm Coalition

Feeding the World (2016) – Environmental Working Group

Sustainable and Family Farm Agriculture Can Feed the World (2010) – Via Campesina

Is Market Populism Enough or do we need to Change the Rules – Karl North


Pioneer Valley Grows

Community Involved in Sustainable Agriculture

Food First

Food Solutions New England

Food and Water Watch

USDA Economic Research Service

Post Carbon Institute

Grassroots International

Northeast Sustainable Ag Working Group

National Family Farm Coalition

 Teaching Materials

Teaching the Food System – Johns Hopkins

Food for Thought and Action: A Food Sovereignty Curriculum – Grassroots International

We can do better (resources looking at the problem)

Food Prices Hurt Regenerative Farms

Parity and Farm Justice

Destructive Farming is the Issue