New Report Proposes Ways to Combat L.A.'s "Food Deserts"
Policy aims include building more efficient food distribution systems within the city's 200-mile foodshed and lowering prices for fresh foods to levels competitive with processed products. Specific recommendations include establishment of a central downtown market for wholesale exchange and creation of a Good Food Council to unite likeminded groups to fight the "food desert" phenomenon.
Los Angeles is uniquely poised to become a national leader on the issue, says Alissa Walker:
"This is a place where L.A. really has no choice but to be a leader: California is the largest agricultural exporter in the country and could make a drastic impact on federal policy."
The report will be formally announced tonight at a fundraiser featuring food from over 30 Los Angeles chefs.