Statement: October 20, 2014

New Database Provides Valuable Food Policy Resource

APA Statement

APA is a project partner in the creation of the Growing Food Connections Policy Database, hosted by the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Buffalo. The database features more than 100 enacted policies that address issues such as farmland protection, farmer's markets, agri-tourism, and small animal husbandry. APA members assisted in identifying relevant food-related policies for inclusion in the database.

"This is a one-of-a-kind resource now available to the public on food policy," said Anna Ricklin, AICP, manager of APA's Planning and Community Health Research Center. "This is not a one-size-fits-all database. Policies represent efforts undertaken by urban and rural communities across varying geographic regions on a variety of food-related topics. We hope it will inspire communities interested in developing their own food policies, and continue to lead the nation toward a healthier and more nutritious lifestyle."

The American Planning Association is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that provides leadership in the development of vital communities. APA and its professional institute, the American Institute of Certified Planners, are dedicated to advancing the art, science and profession of good planning — physical, economic, and social — so as to create communities that offer better choices for where and how people work and live. APA has offices in Washington, D.C., and Chicago, with almost 40,000 members worldwide in nearly 100 countries.