The purpose of the San Diego Food System Alliance is to develop and maintain an equitable, healthy and sustainable food system for the benefit of all people in San Diego County.

 

Why the Alliance Exists 

photo credit: san diego childhood obesity initiative let's go local! produce showcase

photo credit: san diego childhood obesity initiative let's go local! produce showcase

Alliance One-Pager

"Starting more than 30 years ago, some academic experts and food activists began to see that the food system was touching more and more parts of our lives. Environmental issues, public health, issues of social and economic justice, and other concerns were all tied up with this mammoth system, one with huge economic importance. The production of agricultural goods added $331 billion to the U.S. economy in 2009, and hundreds of billions more came from processing, distributing and marketing those products. 

The other side of the economic coin is the cost to treat the health issues that arise when people don’t eat well. In 2012, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that by 2030 obesity rates in the United States are expected to jump to 42 percent, from today’s 34 percent. With the rise in obesity comes a staggering price to treat obesity-related illnesses: an estimated $550 billion each year.

Food experts and activists realized that a vast food system generated many policies, and for the most part, the average citizen didn’t have much of a role in shaping them. One way to address this lack of participation was by creating food policy councils or alliances, to bring together all stakeholders in a community food system and give them a say in constructing a system that reflected their values."

Source: Mark Winne, Doing Food Policy Councils Right: A Guide to Development and Action

Our Vision

SOURCE: FOOD SECURITY NETWORK OF NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

SOURCE: FOOD SECURITY NETWORK OF NEWFOUNDLAND & LABRADOR

We believe in cultivating an in ideal food system which considers the 4Es: 
Environment, Economics, Equity and Education.

Environment:

  • conservation of natural resources and arable land for food production
  • management of food scraps
  • adoption of agricultural best practices to minimize pollution
  • protection of waters, tidelands, and wildlife resources

Economics

  • fair wage practices in the industry
  • direct links between consumers and local producers
  • nurturing environment for new food entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs
  • sustainable economic models for ag, fishing, and food production

Equity

  • rights of all people to grow and produce their own food
  • access to healthy and locally produced food for all residents 
  • resolution to disparities for ensuring food sovereignty, food security and food justice

Education

  • celebration of our diverse food heritage
  • knowledge around the origins of food: where and how it is produced, harvested and processed
  • environmental stewardship as foundation for learning about the food system
  • agricultural and fish production best practices that are economically profitable, environmentally sound and socially equitable 

 

Annual Report

2016 Annual Report + Email Version

Voting Members

Ron Troyano Alchemy San Diego
Nathan Phillips Catalina Offshore Products
Stan Miller Community Health Improvement Partners
Karen Melvin County of SD Ag, Weights, and Measures 
Jen Winfrey County of SD Department of Public Works
Naomi Billups County of SD Health & Human Services Agency
Nick Brune Eco Caterers
Kevin Muno Ecology Artisans
Arielle Golden Feeding San Diego 
Dwight Detter Food Centricity
Paul Watson Global ARC 
Karen Clay Harvest Crops
Mariah Gayler community member 
Meghan Murphy student 
Chris McCracken UCSD Health  
Tyla Montgomery Inika Small Earth
Anchi Mei International Rescue Committee
Chuck Samuelson Kitchens for Good
Jessica Silldorff Leah's Pantry
Healy Vigderson Olivewood Gardens
Nita Kurmins Gilson ProduceGood
Diane Moss Project New Village
Eric Larson San Diego County Farm Bureau
Vanessa Ruiz San Diego Food Bank
Anahid Brakke San Diego Hunger Coalition
Danny Calvillo Sunrise Produce
Elle Mari UCSD Center for Community Health
Richard Winkler Victory Gardens SD