In the area of Food, our overall vision is nutritious food that is locally grown or non-carbon-intensive, and is readily available across all neighborhoods, leading to improved health and greater resiliency for area families.
Hartford has been a leader in food policy for decades, making it well positioned to tackle the food-related implications of climate change. It was one of the first cities in the country to establish an advisory commission on food policy, which is still active today. Several nonprofit organizations work to improve production of, and access to, healthy food. Hartford has a network of 7 farmers’ markets and 24 community gardens and farms. Recent changes to the zoning code further encourage urban agriculture.
Despite these successful institutions and programs, Hartford remains the state’s most food insecure municipality, due to high levels of poverty and a lack of local food production. (See studies.) In the future, Hartford’s food insecurity could be made worse by the food system’s vulnerability to climate change. Hartford is designated as a quasi-food desert, because although physical access is not severely limited, public knowledge about food accessibility is an issue. It is critical to ensure that all people in Hartford have access to healthy food. A focus on the local food economy can give neighbors the necessary supports for better health and employment. The drafting process for the Climate Action Plan will consider the area of healthy food – and how Hartford stakeholders can better produce, access, and enjoy it.
Given this context, the 5 goals in the area of Food set forth in the draft Climate Action Plan are:
- Goal 1: Cultivate Local Food Production
- Goal 2: Ensure Access to Healthy Food
- Goal 3: Divert Food from the Waste Stream
- Goal 4: Reduce Carbon Intensity of Food
- Goal 5: Increase Food Resiliency
Read about what you can do to access nutritious, sustainable food, and reduce food waste.