Cook County Food System Survey

By Patty Wetli | Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Cook County is looking for input on the way food is grown, processed, transported, sold and consumed. Credit: Flickr/Magic Robot.

For all our diversity, there’s one thing Chicagoans have in common: food. It doesn’t matter where you do your grocery shopping, whether you’re a vegan or carnivore, have the skills of Charlie Trotter or can’t boil water, at some point, everyone comes into contact with and has a stake in the food system.

Here’s your chance to sound off on issues related to any aspect of the food chain, from how and where it’s grown to its disposal. Think farm workers are paid too much or too little? Could food service workers benefit from more training? Wish consumers had a seat at the agricultural policy table? Say something. And by say something, we mean take an agree/disagree/no opinion survey conducted by the Cook County Department of Public Health.

Anyone who lives or works in Cook County is encouraged to participate in the survey, which is open until Sept. 29.  The results will be used to make recommendations to a proposed Food Policy Council, which will aim to coordinate initiatives and regulations among the county’s various government agencies.

Interested residents are invited to attend a meeting reviewing the survey findings on Oct. 6, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker, Suite 800. Due to building security, registration is required; no walk-ins will be admitted.

The meeting will feature guest speaker Mark Winne, a community food activist and author of Closing the Food Gap and Food Rebels, Guerrilla Gardeners, and Smart-Cookin’ Mamas.






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