Comments in response to “Supply Chains for the Production of Agricultural Commodities and Food Products”
Values-driven food procurement as a strategy for achieving resilient, diverse, and secure supply chains
While most federal food service and feeding programs do follow at least some nutrition guidelines and some agencies try to purchase locally produced food, the federal government lacks a robust values-aligned food procurement policy and practices. food procurement can be a driver for the just, healthy, and sustainable food system we desperately need. We urge the administration to bring federal food purchasing practices into alignment with its policy objectives to achieve racial justice, fight climate change, support family farms, strengthen local economies, ensure nutrition security, support food and farmworkers, and protect animal welfare.