Degree Name

MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management

First Advisor

Jeff Unsicker


The local food movement is gaining a stronghold in communities across the United States and beyond while citizens look at the environmental, health and social impacts of the global food system. In order to create a systemic change, advocates in Illinois passed legislation to create the Illinois Local and Organic Food and Farm Task Force and then subsequently the Illinois Local Food, Farms and Jobs Council. The Food, Farms and Jobs Acts of 2007 and 2009 seek to lay the foundation of an advocacy strategy for systematic change of the food system by providing a forum to bring together stakeholders and plan for a local food system in the state of Illinois.

This case study focuses on the work of the Illinois Local Food and Farms Coalition and the advocacy campaign to pass two pieces of legislation that brought together private and public sectors to address food systems in Illinois. An analysis of the advocates, policy issues, targets and strategy involved with the campaign is provided by participant observation and examination of public documents including a published report, talking points as well as personal interviews. The advocacy campaign was successful in the passage of legislation and provided “lessons learned” from the campaign.


Agricultural and Resource Economics | Agriculture Law | Civic and Community Engagement | Law and Politics | Policy Design, Analysis, and Evaluation | Work, Economy and Organizations


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