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About food systems:
Understanding what food systems entail, and how the different elements are connected, is key to understanding how to improve them. Maine food councils have used this short video many times over to bring people up to speed on the issues surrounding food systems work. "What's on Your Plate?" challenges viewers to see and think differently about the food they eat, considering social, economic, environmental, diet and health factors. "What's on Your Plate?" is an illustrated video, commissioned by the University of Vermont, on the challenges of the dominant food system, and alternatives for creating healthy people and a healthy planet.
Community food system visions:
"A New England Food Vision," describes a future in which our regional food system supports healthy food for all, sustainable farming and fishing, and thriving communities. Click on the image above to learn more.
The Maine Food Strategy (MFS) offers a clear vision to create a sustainable, more balanced food system through the 'Framework,' a model to focus and coordinate individuals and groups working towards widespread food systems change.
Ken Meter's Crossroads Resource Center has numerous food system studies including these from Maine:
An extensive searchable library of Food Council info can be found at the national Food Policy Network at John Hopkins University:
Mark Winne has written extensively about Food Councils and the broader food movement:
Network Pioneer, June Holley''s
The New Network Leader: Blogs, Articles, and Videos.
Connecting to Change The World, a book focused on Networks.
MNCFC Network Topic Discussion Notes:
Maine Food Atlas:
Add your information to the MAINE FOOD ATLAS!
The Maine Food Atlas is a collaborative project created and administered by the Network of Community Food Councils and Center for Community GIS. It is fueled by statewide participation from hundreds of local food businesses and organizations.
Through local food asset mapping, community food councils can explore and document their regional food systems. This map helps us to see where our local food systems are currently at, and how our councils can address gaps in food access, production, connections, ect. It also provides information about food focused businesses that are already in operation so that we can better support and promote their work.
The Atlas was launched in "beta" format in May 2015 following pilot mapping work in Oxford County. The site will continue to evolve and improve. Feedback is great, so please tell us what you think! The Maine Network of Community Food Councils is seeking partners to grow and enhance the Maine Food Atlas and welcomes opportunities to discuss and explore collaborations and partnerships.