Development is not sustainable if it fails to create and support food and nutrition secure and self-supporting neighborhoods. Development impacts many aspects of the food system, including where food is grown, how far food must travel before it is consumed, where distributors and retailers of food are placed, and who has access to fresh and nutritious food. By viewing development and its associated impacts through a sustainability lens, we can rethink the role of development and how communities can grow while fostering a strong, inclusive, affordable, accessible, and healthy food system.
This book, the second in a series under the Sustainability Development Code project, seeks to jumpstart a move toward healthier, more equitable, and more environmentally friendly communities. Examining the way local governments regulate development and how that impacts the food system, the book offers 41 recommendations to amend development codes to increase food and nutrition security and sovereignty and create healthier communities.