The subtle relationship between food policy councils and mayors

December 2, 2019

Urban Food Futures’ latest article: The subtle relationship between food policy councils and mayors.

Researchers looked into the effect of a mayor’s political support on a local food policy groups (such as ‘food policy councils‘ and ‘food partnerships’). They showed that the mayor’s support can be a great asset, but can also be, in some instances, detrimental. Their work will help local food policy groups find the right way to work with local elected representatives.

Key messages:

  • The Mayor’s support to food policy groups can be a great asset, but can also be, in some instances, detrimental.
  • Food policy groups must reflect upon the pros and cons of the space in which they are to operate.
  • They should take their ability to survive political cycles very seriously.

Based on an interview with Jess Halliday (RUAF). Read more: http://www.urbanfoodfutures.com/mayors