Puget Sound Regional Council

People within the central Puget Sound are increasingly interested in how they can play a role in helping their communities protect farmland, support the local food economy, improve public health, and increase access to fresh, local food.

The Regional Food Policy Council partners with community, business, agriculture, and government in King, Pierce, Snohomish and Kitsap counties to develop integrated and sustainable policy and action recommendations that strengthen local and regional food systems.

By addressing food system issues systematically, the region can protect agricultural land, promote fresh food consumption, and support local food and farm based business to improve the health of the local food economy." (source: VISION 2040)

Supporting Economic Development

The system for producing and delivering food is highly complex and involves processing, transportation, distribution, consumption, and disposal. This region has many businesses and jobs that depend on the vitality of the local food economy. Through collaboration, the Regional Food Policy Council hopes to make a positive impact on the economic stability of our regional agricultural system.

Protecting Agricultural Land

The agricultural lands within the region are among the most productive in the state, and the loss of good quality farmland has implications for air quality, water quality and quantity, and the region’s self-sufficiency. Threats to the continued productivity of farmlands include urban development, incompatible adjacent land uses, and the loss of supporting services for farming. It is important for the region’s farmers, urban and rural residents, and decision-makers to plan strategically for the future of agriculture in the region.

Working Together

Jurisdictional planning and community-based projects are underway to help the region think strategically and sustainably about the food system. The Regional Food Policy Council and other food policy efforts are playing a role in organizing for an effective and robust food system. Some activities include:

Seattle Local Food Action Initiative

City of Seattle Food website

King County Food and Fitness Initiative

Kitsap Food and Farm Council

Puget Sound Regional Council • 1011 Western Ave, Suite 500 • Seattle, WA 98104 • 206-464-7090