Participation in the Good Food Purchasing Program by all public Los Angeles institutions could*:
Create 106 local jobs equivalent to $5.28 million in annual local wages
Los Angeles institutions invest in local jobs by prioritizing purchasing from regional suppliers and manufacturers.
Reduce annual carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 48.2 million pounds
Los Angeles’ Green New Deal identifies food purchasing as a central strategy for reducing environmental footprint.
Inspire investment in a valued workforce
Local union leaders credit the school district’s commitment to a valued workforce as a key driver in winning a union contract at a food distribution company.
*Impacts are calculated based on estimated annual regional food spend. These are the estimated impacts of increasing 30% of current spending on local products, without changing total food spend, and replacing 30% of current purchases of conventionally produced meat and eggs with an equal amount of plant proteins. For additional detail, download the methodology.
"As a city, Los Angeles is the combined populations of Chicago and Philadelphia. As a county, we are the combined populations of New York City, Austin, and Seattle. This translates into a lot of purchasing power and a large carbon footprint. With our public dollars, we can invest in our local economies, support our communities with healthier options, and combat climate change all at the same time. The Good Food Purchasing Program offers a high return on investment for both people and the planet, locally and globally."
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