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Bringing the farm to urban schoolchildren

This is Science Today. The ‘Farm to School' program is a nationwide effort to bring more healthful, sustainable and local food to schoolchildren in large, urban school districts. Gail Feenstra, a community food systems analyst at the University of California, Davis is one of the lead researchers evaluating the ‘Farm to School' program.

Feenstra:        The idea is, if you can begin to change the procurement practices of these large urban school districts that can demand a lot of food, you can perhaps begin to change some of the procurement strategies, some of the supply chain - other pieces of the supply chain - that would allow school districts to get those things more easily and affordably. There's also a policy piece of that that we're hoping to change policy through the Child Nutrition Re-Authorization Act that's coming up for 2009 and then there's a communications strategy that goes along with that, so that we're sharing lessons learned throughout the United States with other large urban, or any school district.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.