In our current food system, the average American meal travels roughly 1,500 miles to get from farm to plate. This makes it difficult for us to know much about our food -- where it comes from, who it comes from, and how it got to us -- and can ultimately lead to health, economic, and social imbalances in our nation.
But Los Angeles is taking action. Through the efforts of public health, political, and medical communities plans are underway to transform our food system back to its regional roots, opening access to affordable, healthy, sustainable and fair food for all.
On March 31st 2012, Los Angeles community members, leaders, policy makers, and grassroots organizations came together for "Good Food Day LA." The event, hosted by the Los Angeles Food Policy Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's "We Serve LA" service and volunteer initiative, invited over 40 communities across the city's to volunteer and take action to strengthen the local food system.
KCET Departures was there to collect your stories as part of our StoryShare initiative. Featuring voices from the Glassell Park Community Garden and Metabolic Studios, "Good Food: Changing Course" is a narrative of Los Angeles' food system: history, problems, solutions, and hope for change.
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