- Associated Press - Sunday, June 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts is beginning work on its first “Food System Plan” in more than three decades.

The plan is intended to help Massachusetts be more self-sufficient in producing and consuming food, while also planning for ways to more equitably distribute food and prepare for climate change.

The process is organized by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources.

The research will include reaching out to food growers and producers in the state over the next 18 months to create a new vision for the state’s food system.

The work will include planning for an ecologically stable network of food producers, consumers, processors, retailers and distribution hubs, and will include groups working toward greater social equity, health and sustainable water use.

The state’s last food system plan was in 1978.

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