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Legalize Urban Produce, Says San Francisco Mayor

A new ordinance will allow urban farmers to sell the food they grow.


Great news for those hoping to make a real go of it in urban agriculture: this week San Francisco's Mayor Gavin Newsom, together with the city's Planning Department, announced the introduction of a proposal to change the city's zoning code in order to allow gardening/farming in more parts of the city, as well as permit the sale of produce grown in gardens throughout the city. (You can read about the details here.)

The outgoing Mayor has been a strong advocate of urban farming, committing the City and County of San Francisco to increase its healthy and sustainable food supply in an executive directive last year, in which he stated that, "access to safe, nutritious and culturally acceptable food is a basic human right and is essential to both human health and ecological sustainability."

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Los Angeles Announces a Sweeping Local Food Policy

L.A. is home to both a food desert and some of the largest food production in the country. New policy-and an exciting event-try to close the gap.

Name a fruit, vegetable or nut that you've eaten recently. Chances are you could find it being grown right now in the 200-mile radius around Los Angeles. Yet Los Angeles is also home to one of the largest food deserts in the nation, where the proliferation of processed and fast food prevents much of that local bounty from reaching its increasingly malnourished and obese residents. That's one of the major concerns raised by a new report, "Good Food for All Agenda: Creating a New Regional Food System for Los Angeles," which makes over 50 recommendations for the city's brand-new food policy.

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