Ever heard of a food czar? There are reportedly almost 200 government employees across the nation who describe their jobs as such, and D.C. could be next. What does this entail and why has it become a point of discussion?
For starters, the lack of fresh produce in D.C. is apparent, despite farmers markets being sprinkled throughout the city. Part of this accessibility “problem” is due to high costs, which would be part of the food policy director’s responsibilities. Aside from making local food more attainable to more people, the director would essentially act as an appointed voice of local urban farmers — as one source said, “someone who can unite disparate groups and government agencies.” Bridging this gap between gatekeepers and the existing issues that need to be solved in order to make local offerings more affordable and attainable could have serious impact on how local food business is structured. Read More