The new report on regional food systems entitled A Regional Imperative: The Case for Regional Food Systems can be found here, along with the executive summary.

Here is a message from the authors:

We are pleased to share our report with you. In January, we presented at a webinar launching the report. Some concerns were expressed about the event and the report, particularly regarding the way we addressed race and racial equity during our presentation on regional food systems. We apologize for harm we unintentionally caused, and plan to address the report’s shortcomings. We embrace this opportunity to learn and dialogue with others toward improving the report and making it even more impactful.

We are making a discussion version of the report and executive summary available here on the Thomas A. Lyson Center website. We are gathering a diverse “Discussion Team,” and we welcome feedback and input that will be considered for inclusion in the final edition of our regional food systems report. As with many complex topics in these complicated times, everyone benefits from constructive critique.

In particular, we want to hear from all who have read the report and wish to share their suggestions about how social justice, race and equity are treated in it, and especially from those most affected by what we have and have not written. We hope to inspire others to think about regional food systems from multiple perspectives and to share their insights.

Please, remove from circulation any other versions of the report that don’t have the words “DISCUSSON VERSION” on the cover.

Please be in touch by the end of April.

Kathy Ruhf

Kate Clancy

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