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New NC Food Advisory Council
by Billie Karel
Translated by Carolina Cardona - Vea esta artículo en español

North Carolina's new Sustanainable Local Food Advisory Council is charting the course for a future of more sustainable local food in our state.

The Council's next meeting is scheduled for April 22nd - Earth Day! - from 1 - 4 pm in Raleigh. Keep an eye on the Council's webpage for the full meeting announcement in the coming days.
Photo: Laura Valencia.

North Carolina's brand new Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council met for the first time on Feb 2nd in Raleigh. The 27-member Council is charged with making recommendations to the NC Department of Agriculture and the General Assembly about how to grow and strengthen North Carolina's sustainable and local food system.

To quote organic farmer John Vollmer, who spoke at the Council's first meeting, "this is not a fad, it's a force," and you all know that's true! Thank you to everyone who contacted their representatives to help Toxic Free NC and our partners at the NC Sustainable Food Systems Coalition advocate for the legislation that created this Council last year. Nice work, folks - we couldn't have done it without you!

The Council's next meeting has been scheduled for April 22nd - Earth Day! - from 1 - 4 PM in Raleigh.

For information about Council meetings, agendas, or to submit a public comment to the Council, visit their webpage:, or call NCDA staffer Joy Hicks at (919) 733-7125  Ext. 236.

For a more detailed write-up of the Council's first meeting, and updates throughout the year, see my post about it on our blog:, or call me at 919-833-1123.

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