For Austin to be a thriving, equitable, and ecologically resilient community, it must have a healthy and just local food system. Growing, selling, eating, and recovering food locally creates jobs, strengthens the economy, improves public health, and reduces transportation impacts. A sustainable food system benefits everyone.
A food system is an integrated and interconnected network that includes production, processing, distribution, and waste management. A sustainable food system is a local one, where essentially everything that happens with food occurs, for the most part, in and around Austin.
The Austin/Travis County Food Policy Board serves in the unique capacity of directly advising both the Austin City Council and the Travis County Commissioners' Court to improve the availability of safe, nutritious, locally and sustainably-grown food at reasonable prices for all residents, particularly those in need.
Learn more about the state of Austin’s dynamic food system, including major components such as production, consumption, and waste, as well as challenges and opportunities for moving forward.