Our environment provides us with many natural resources and benefits, from the air we breathe and the water we drink to natural spaces that help us relax and reconnect with nature and each other. The food we eat is also a resource provided by our environment and, like air and water, is one that none of us can live without. MCE believes that the food system is an integral part of our environment and that a healthy food system is both sustainable and equitable—it preserves the integrity of air, land, and water while producing abundant, healthy food that is accessible and affordable across all communities. MCE’s Food and Farm Program works to diversify Missouri’s farming economy, help environmentally-responsible farmers thrive, organize community-led food justice programs, conserve fertile soils and clean water, and ensure access to a healthy and secure food supply for all people. We believe that to sustain a healthy environment and healthy communities across Missouri, we must work toward a future in which nutritious, locally produced food is accessible and affordable for everyone, and farmers can make a living wage producing it. Learn more about MCE’s food and farm work, and how you can take action today.
Food & Farm Program
After releasing the St. Louis Regional Food Study in November 2014 and recognizing the great work already happening around local food systems across the state in Kansas City, Columbia, Springfield, and Joplin, MCE decided to focus much of our community level engagement on this issue in St. Louis. The St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (STLFPC) is a group of nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, and passionate individuals working together to address the food system needs of the Greater St. Louis area. The STLFPC bridges the many local efforts addressing hunger, food access, sustainable agriculture, nutrition, social justice, community, and economic development to form a coordinated, local food system. Our vision is a thriving local economy in the Greater St. Louis area where everyone has access to affordable, healthy food from local producers who are stewards of our soil, air, and water resources. The STLFPC fosters collaborative project development to improve our food system, such as the development of a regional food hub and conducting an analysis of the state of corner stores in North St. Louis. Specifically, the STLFPC works to shape public policy and influence decision makers about local food systems and their connections to concerns of health equity, environmental conservation and restoration, social justice, community development, and economic development. Learn more about the STLFPC and ways to get involved today.