Agriculture and Food Systems

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Agriculture and Food Systems

Chapter Outline:

  • Farmland protections
  • Engaging local environmental organizations to encourage farmers to use farming practices and technologies that protect the health of people, animals, soil, air, and water and are sustainable.
  • Providing resources, support, incentives, and promotion of farmers to encourage food production methods, such as sustainable and organic practices, to increase their customer base.
  • Supporting the creation of a consumer-producer-buyer verification process to support and increase consumer purchasing of healthy and local food.
  • Promoting the inclusion of food systems as part of climate resiliency and/or disaster mitigation planning efforts.
  • Encouraging sustainable siting of large-scale renewable energy projects so that prime farmlands are not negatively impacted.
  • Supporting, promoting, and broadening participation in the Greater Buffalo Urban Growers Pledge.

We are still accepting feedback for this chapter. Thank you to everyone who left feedback!


Goal - A broad, aspirational statement of what we want to achieve specific to Agriculture & Food Systems

Agriculture & Food Systems Goal - Draft Goal Developed

The Draft Goal has been developed, but we are still accepting feedback. Please email sustainability@erie.gov to provide feedback!


Strategies and Action Items - Identify approaches that we take to achieve the goal

Agriculture & Food Systems Strategies - Draft Strategies Developed:

Strategy 1 - Promote & Protect Agriculture

Strategy 2 - Protect & Restore Ecosystems

Strategy 3 - Access to Healthy Food

Strategy 4 - Prevent Climate Change

Strategy 5 - Coordination

The Draft Strategies have been developed, but we are still accepting feedback. Please email sustainability@erie.gov to provide feedback!


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