Last spring the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), selected seven nonprofit organizations to conduct policy research and analysis projects at the intersection of food systems and health. Each organization has examined issues of healthy nutrition in a broader perspective of agriculture and food systems.
The Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition is excited to release the first paper in the series: The Intersection of Producers and Consumers Within New Hampshire’s Food System by the Community Health Institute. The paper offers a comprehensive analysis of New Hampshire’s food system, including recommended practices to support a healthy food system in a resource-constrained environment.
The study incorporates views and knowledge from many people representing a diverse and broad range of perspectives on the intersection between producers and consumers of local foods in NH, and provides analysis of existing policies, programs, and practices fostering or hindering access to locally-produced foods as well as innovative strategies that promote linkages between consumers and producers of local foods in NH.
This comprehensive study of NH’s food system, including a review of local and national policies, programs, and practices, is a valuable resource for New Hampshirites and health, agriculture, and food system stakeholders across the country.
From the abstract:
Although most food consumed in NH is secured from producers outside of the state, approximately 12% of foods produced in NH are sold directly from producers to consumers, compared to less than 1% nationally. A mixed methods design that included interviews, focus groups, and surveys enabled examination of the intersection of local food producers and consumers, innovative strategies to promote linkages between producers and consumers, and identified practices that support a strong local food system in an environment with constrained resources.
Funding for this series is provided by the Healthy Farms Healthy People Coalition through a CDC cooperative agreement administered by the National Network of Public Health Institutes. ChangeLab Solutions provided technical assistance for the series. The views and opinions of these authors and organizations are not necessarily those of CDC or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Stay tuned for more research and analysis at the intersection of health and agriculture!