A Food Systems Assessment for Oakland, California: Toward a Sustainable Food Plan


By: , Heather Wooten, Serena Unger


Food Systems

This food system assessment from the Oakland Mayor’s Office of Sustainablity and University of California, Berkeley, provides an initial comprehensive evaluation and baseline information on each element of the city's food system, and assesses the potential for increasing local and regional food consumption by residents. It is framed around five proposed goals: food security, urban agriculture and waste reduction, economic development, agricultural preservation, and public education and capacity building. Four chapters examine components of the food system: production, distribution and processing, consumption, and waste recovery. The plan then offers recommended action items for each of the five proposed goals, as well as suggested first steps toward developing a sustainable food plan.

Oakland, CA

2010 Population: 390,724

2010 Population Density: 7,003.98/square mile