We envision the food system of the future as a network of many local food systems in many different communities. These food systems will comprise small-scale, ecologically sound, socially just enterprises and organizations. The right to define how these local food systems are organized will belong, democratically, to the people who participate in them, including farmers, food chain enterprises, and eaters.

SELC’s Food Program provides education, research, advice and advocacy to advance food systems built around this vision. For information specifically about our Farmland Program, click here

About SELC's Food Program

Our food system is not well served by today’s predominant food business models, which incentivize growth, shareholder profit maximization, absentee ownership, and exploitation of resources. The ownership and governance structures of an enterprise largely determine the motivations that drive it. Large, centralized food producers are usually driven by financial bottom lines, to the detriment of more important ends: the survival and sustainability of our food system and the provision of sustainable livelihoods to people working in the food system. The cornerstone of SELC’s work on sustainable food production is the belief that food enterprises should be owned and/or controlled by the local communities that depend on them.

Food Policy Advocacy

Save Seed Sharing! Campaign (national)

California Local Economies Securities Act

California Seed Exchange Democracy Act

California Neighborhood Food Act

California Homemade Food Act

Resources for Food Enterprises

We provide free legal guides on various topics for small and medium scale food and farm enterprises, click here!

Food News

For all the latest updates about our Food Program, read our Food News blog. Click here!

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  • commented 2015-03-13 21:08:31 -0700
    I would like to know if the legislation for the The Neighborhood Food Act and The California Homemade Food Act are still available to look at elsewhere. The links are down. Thank!
  • commented 2014-06-20 08:45:02 -0700
    Which cities have adopted policies that prioritize using city owned lots for local food growing? I’d like to learn more about these policies.