Virginia Is an Emerging Leader in the Nation’s Local Food Movement, Says U.Va. Professor

September 16, 2011 —The local food movement can potentially boost Virginia’s economy, improve health and revitalize communities, according to an article in the latest issue of The Virginia News Letter, published online by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

The author is Tanya Denckla Cobb, associate director of U.Va.’s Institute for Environmental Negotiation and a teacher of food system planning in the School of Architecture’s Department of Urban and Environmental Planning. She is also the author of the books “The Gardener’s A to Z Guide to Growing Organic Food” (2004) and “Reclaiming Our Food: How the Grassroots Movement Is Changing What We Eat” (just released), and is currently working with a planning committee to host the Second Virginia Food Security Summit, to be held in December in Charlottesville. The meeting will produce Virginia’s first statewide “Farm to Table Plan” to increase supplies of fresh, locally grown food.

Among the key points she makes in her article…. <UVA TODAY ARTICLE>

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