Food – how it is produced, processed, distributed, consumed, and recycled is a dominant social determinant of health for a community.
The dominant American Food paradigm promotes disease, not health. The National Institutes of Health predict that by mid-century one of every 3 Americans will have diabetes. Obesity, cardiovascular disease, lost productivity and even diminished IQ are linked to poor diet. Low income families, especially children and the elderly, are at greatest risk. Education, healthcare and social costs, and quality of life suffer as a result.
The Marin County Food System Assessment combines three goals:
- Building a Sustainable Local Food System
- Ending Hunger in Marin.
- Creating a Healthier Community