Policy and Advocacy for Food Systems Change

Annalina Kazickas · April 7, 2022

Political advocacy – at the city, state, and federal levels – is one of the most effective ways of achieving lasting systems change in our communities and in our food system. Too often, what “policy work” means and how non-profits, community organizations, and individuals can do it effectively can be opaque and intimidating. And in many cases, the organizations and individuals with the time and resources to advocate for their interests aren’t always rooted in the communities most impacted by policy decisions. It’s long past time to flip that script.

Understanding how policy is written and passed, how it affects our lives and work, and how we can change it is an essential step towards building grassroots power and channeling the massive resources of government to where they will make the most impact. This is especially true in the lead up to the 2023 Farm Bill, which has serious implications for our collective work to transform the food system.

In this virtual series, we’ll build our collective knowledge around policy and advocacy for food systems change. Equity Advocates offers two sessions that debunk the misconceptions around nonprofits and advocacy and offer tips for how to get started and stay involved.  

The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition will then walk us through a Farm Bill 101 session as we gear up for the reauthorization of this critical piece of food systems legislation.

The series will round out with a dynamic panel discussion featuring seasoned food systems policy leaders, Lorette Picciano of Rural Coalition, Kate Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald-Canepa, LLC, Paula Daniels of the Center for Good Food Purchasing, and Savi Horne of North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, Land Loss Prevention Project, who will offer their learnings from decades of food systems advocacy and share their vision for its future.

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  • 4 Lessons