What is a food system?

The food system is the entire process around which food is grown and produced, processed, distributed, accessed, consumed, and disposed of. A food system operates within and is influenced by social, economic, and natural environments.

The food system includes the governance and economics of food production, as well as long-term sustainability and the ways that production affects the natural environment.

The food system affects equity, justice, health and well being, including worker’s rights and safety, hunger, nutrition, obesity, and food safety.


What does a "Whole Systems Approach" mean?

Food Action takes a whole systems approach to food change, bridging issues and sectors to bring a wide variety of actors and actions to the table. This means that we act as a facilitator and convener, bringing voices to the table to advocate for an equitable and sustainable food system across all aspects of the food system for the planet and people.

There is not one magic bullet or one single avenue to pursue that will make our food system better; instead we tackle the complex components of change collaboratively and collectively. In other words, for us, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.


What actions are we taking?

Find out more about our advocacy for a Washington State Food Bill, encompassing Food Justice, Food Equity, Public Health, and Environmental Sustainability.

Read the 5-year strategic plan of the Washington State Food System Roundtable.