The Newest Champion of Local Food: City Hall

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If your city has a thriving local food scene, you probably owe thanks to the restaurants and farmers markets, advocacy groups and nonprofits, and small farmers and conscientious residents who worked together to help build it—not your mayor or city council member. Save for the relatively recent addition in some cities of food initiatives or sustainability “czars,” municipal governments have more often played a background role, choosing to focus their energies on reducing crime, improving schools, or approving new development

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