The County of San Mateo Health System as a member of the San
Mateo County Food System Alliance contracted with
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) to lead research and
stakeholder engagement to develop a shared vision for
supporting a strong and resilient food and farm system in San
Mateo County. This report is the project outcome: a vision
document to guide development of a Local Food and Farm
Bill that will guide County priorities and identify and
allocate resources towards supporting a food and
farming system that is economically viable, environmentally
Enacted January 1, 2014, AB 551 is a state bill
that empowers California’s cities and counties to
pass ordinances to create “Urban Agriculture
Incentive Zones (UAIZ),” which allows landowners to
receive tax incentives for dedicating land to agriculture
The San Mateo County Food System Alliance Policy Committee
recommends that the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
support local implementation of AB 551: Urban Agriculture
Incentive Zones Act in unincorporated areas of the county.
Additionally, the Board of Supervisors should adopt a
‘Resolution of Approval’ that grants cities authority to adopt
and implement an UAIZ ordinance within their jurisdictions.
Reducing sugary drink consumption will prevent health problems such as diabetes and obesity in San Mateo County.
Our bodies don’t compensate for liquid calories in the same way as calories from solid food. Drinking just one or two sugary drinks a day increases the chance of developing diabetes by over 25%. Just one a day increases a child’s risk of becoming overweight or obese by 55%.5 One in three children born in 2000 is expected to develop Type 2 diabetes in his or her lifetime.
This document shares secondary data and key findings in five
major components of the food system: production, processing,
distribution, consumption, and reuse/waste disposal. It
describes trends, challenges, and opportunities. The San Mateo
County Food System Alliance hopes that policymakers, residents,
and advocates will review the programs and policies outlined in
each chapter, and that these ideas will inspire action in
communities across the county.
In late January 2014, Get Healthy San Mateo County launched a Choose Healthy Drinks awareness campaign. The campaign is focused on South San Francisco, San Bruno and Daly City — the three San Mateo County cities with the highest rates of obesity at 47%, 43%, and 39% respectively. San Mateo County joins our neighbors in San Francisco, Sonoma and Alameda Counties in this regional effort to educate our community about the harmful effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.
Look for these messages in Bart stations, on billboards and at corner stores!
This report contains the results of a broad-spectrum inquiry to
discover opportunities that support a thriving, locally-based
food system in San Mateo County, California. Research was
conducted during 2013 to identify feasible market-based
strategies that could enable economically viable livelihoods for
food producers and increase accessibility for consumers wishing
to purchase locally produced food. The following report
highlights the challenges of local food production, distribution,
marketing, and purchasing, revealing insights into the range of
complexities in a local food system.
Healthy, Local Food: Ingredients for a Sustainable Food
System describes the food system policies that contribute to
a healthy and sustainable San Mateo County.
In 2009, San Mateo County’s agricultural production
and local seafood harvest was worth $153 million. The actual
impact of food production on the local economy is estimated
to be much higher, at $535 million, due to a multiplier
effect. Most of this food is not available to our residents.
It is processed and sold outside of San Mateo County, which
reduces local access to fresh and healthy roods,
increases our carbon footprint and takes valuable dollars
out of our community.