The Cabarrus County Farm & Food Council (previously Cabarrus Food Policy Council (FPC)), was formed in June 2010 at the behest of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, charged with performing research, educating the community, developing strategies and making policy recommendations that will encourage the development of a robust, sustainable local food economy and a healthier population. On June 10, 2014, the committee members voted to rename the Food Policy Council to the Farm & Food Council to better reflect the council’s agenda.
On November 12, 2015, the CCFFC members voted to reorganize the council to include: a five member executive committee, a four member board, and unlimited general members. General meetings are to be conducted quarterly and are to be used to educate attendees as well as to create networking opportunities.
(2015 Council Members and Friends)
Original 2010 Committee Members
Key factors in establishing the Farm and Food Council in June of 2010:
- There is a significant incidence of diet-related disease and poor health (e.g., diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity) in Cabarrus County. The consumption of fresh, nutritious food can prevent and mitigate those diet-related conditions, thereby improving quality of life and reducing health care costs.
- Cabarrus County has experienced a great deal of sprawling development which has displaced farms and open space and consumed significant natural and fiscal resources. Policies that promote sustainable agriculture, the preservation of existing farms and the creation of new farms to meet local food needs will keep land in production, preserve our local rural and agricultural heritage, consume minimal public resources and provide an important counterbalance to development.
- Cabarrus County’s traditional manufacturing base has diminished significantly with the closing of Pillowtex and Philip Morris. The Great Recession brought historically high unemployment rates. Building a robust, sustainable local food economy serves as a foundation for a resilient local economy that is resistant to downward global trends.
- The air quality in Cabarrus County and the Charlotte region does not meet EPA standards. Global carbon emissions are contributing to climate change and peak oil is approaching. One method of addressing these issues is through distributed production, especially of energy and food.
- The number of incidents of unsafe and contaminated food being distributed across the nation (and the world) has increased over the last several years. Local production, processing and consumption will improve food safety and security for county residents.