A growing movement is seeing cities establish new governmental positions for better managing what goes on its residents' plates.

In an effort to improve the health of its citizens at the level of the dinner table, school cafeteria and supermarket shelf, the city of Baltimore has recently hired a food policy coordinator (as part of the city planning department) – a small, but growing movement among local governments across the country. While many cities and states employ independent food policy councils to advocate on these issues from outside the government, relatively few attempt to approach the problem from within – currently New York City and Kansas City employ food czars and Boston is seeking one of their own.

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