What is Food Policy?

Broadly defined, food policy is a set of collective decisions made by governments at all levels, businesses, and organizations that affect how food gets from the farm to your table.

A food policy can be as broad as a federal regulation on food labeling or as local and specific as a zoning law that lets city dwellers raise honeybees. Decisions range from formal pieces of legislation to voluntary guidelines and administrative processes that allow for certain programs to flourish.


The mission of the Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council is To promote a healthy, equitable, and sustainable food system for all within Greater Cincinnati’s ten-county region.



  • Create a forum that brings together stakeholders from all segments of the food system to generate new relationships and share best practices.
  • Initiate research and recommend policies that increase food security in communities as well as social and economic opportunities for food producers, distributors, and consumers throughout the region.
  • Advocate for food security through a regional food system development agenda at the city, county and regional levels.
  • Serve as a resource to the community to assist in local food system development programs and projects related to health and nutrition, land use, food waste recovery, community food assessment and local purchasing.

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Goals for 
2015 - 2016:

  • Encourage healthy food access for all residents in the region.
  • Encourage regionalbased production of local foods and valueadded food products.
  • Promote flexible and stable local and regional food distribution systems.
  • Promote community development to support local foods and coalitions.
  • Advocate for food security for all residents in the region.

Greater Cincinnati Regional Food Policy Council Director: 
Michaela Oldfield 

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