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Policy Summary

The resolution creates a “Local Food Purchasing Policy” and requires the county’s purchasing agent to consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to set a percentage of foods that qualify as "locally produced" for foods purchased by county residential healthcare and correctional facilities.

Background Information

State New York
Jurisdiction Name Albany
Jurisdiction Type County,
Population Size 200,000-800,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
Reach Limited scope
Only applies to procurement by the county's residential healthcare facilities and county correctional facility.
Food System Category Distribute; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

Procurement guidelines apply to residential health care and correctional facilities

Health-related goal?
Yes

Whereas clauses refer to policy promoting public health and safety, and local produce retaining more of its nutritional value (p. 1)

Environmental goal?
Yes

Whereas clause states one goal of policy is to fight global climate changel refers to diet based on local food needing less gas and oil (p.1)

Economic goal?
Yes

"Whereas clause #1: ""intended to increase regional per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment,"" #3: ""according to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy,"" also refers to locally produced food making farming more economically viable"

Includes findings?
Yes

Whereas clauses refer to several studies and include references to health, economic, environmental, and consumer choice benefits of buying and eating locally grown fresh produce

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

First "whereas" clause states: "It is the policy of Albany County to promote the economic vitality and public health and safety of its communities, and this “Local Food Purchasing Policy” is intended to increase regional per capita income, provide incentives for job creation, attract economic investment, fight global climate change and promote the health and safety of its citizens and communities . . . " (p. 1)

Includes definitions?
Yes

Second whereas clause defines "locally produced food"

Addresses implementation?
Yes

County purchasing agent must consult with the Commissioner of Agriculture and Markets to set percentage of local food.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
No

Requires extra investment?
No

Code context and ordinance history

Uncodified Resolution 496-a (2/9/09)