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Are Enough People Aware Of The Benefits Of Locally-Sourced Food? New Plan Says 'No,' Aims For Change

A "Food Action Plan" has been launched in Santa Barbara county after two years of studies and collaboration.

It involves environmental, political, educational and non profit groups.

Organizers say the more the community understands how its food is produced, and the overall wellness and economic benefits, the better we will all be.

The plan goes far beyond schools, but largely involves children as a key component to the long range goals.

Within the plan there will be neighborhood farms, free classes on gardening, and cooking programs.

Groups including the Community Environmental Council and the Food Bank of Santa Barbara county were part of the sweeping effort that has been announced in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara involving resources from farming to fishing.