SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Springfield Food Policy Council hosted a conversation about the “future of food” in New England.
They say there are trends that limit access to fresh healthy food, resulting in a growing reliance on food pantries. They’re encouraging back yard and roof-top gardens to support their “50-60” vision.
“That’s a vision to have the New England region produce 50% of its own food by 2060, so that’s the ‘50-60’” said Synthia Scott Mitchell.
She connects the decrease in farmland to the increase in food insecurity in low income urban areas.
The Food Policy Council promotes more local growing, shopping at farmers markets, and more education on identifying fresh local food.