The Colorado School of Public Health observed National Food Day on Oct. 24 with a special seminar: Food Policy in Colorado.
The program featured Senior Legal and Policy Analyst Susan Motika, JD, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), who specializes in food policy issues. Motika has 20 years of experience in public policy and law, with an emphasis on cross-disciplinary, multi-sectoral coalitions and effective citizen engagement in public policy.
She is the CDPHE appointee to the legislatively-created Colorado Farm to School Task Force, established in 2010. Through the Task Force, Motika is researching best practices and examining the regulatory framework of farm to school on issues such as local food hubs and the USDA’s geographic preference provision.
Motika discussed how the Colorado Farm to School task force hopes to increase the use of local farm and ranch products in school food service programs and to strengthen local and regional agricultural economies. Motika also talked about culinary boot camps and a Food Hub one which is currently operating in Greeley with hopes of the second one to open in Colorado Springs.
Motika also serves as the grant manager for LiveWell Colorado’s food systems reform efforts, funded by the Center for Disease Control.