While all of that is going on in Copenhagen, the Manhattan Borough President, Scott Stringer, along with Just Food, organized a food and climate change summit today at my university, NYU. More than one thousand New Yorkers signed up for thirty workshops at the amazing event. Why amazing? Because this summit is about advocacy for a more just and sustainable food system, and right now.
My thoughts: the diet that is best for health – more fruits, vegetables, and grains, and less meat, dairy, and junk food – is also the diet that is best for the planet.
Does advocacy for a food system that provides healthy food for everyone constitute a social movement? Look around the room at the summit. The answer is an unequivocal YES. Can one New York City Borough show the way. YES.
And this one, we will win.
Next public appearance
New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition: A Festschrift in Honor of Per Pinstrup-Anderson. Cornell University, Statler Hotel Amphitheater. The conference begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast and ends with a reception the following day with remarks by professor Pinstrup-Anderson at 2:25 p.m.
My joint contribution with Malden Nesheim is from 1:40-2:00 p.m. on “the internationalization of the obesity epidemic: the case of sugar-sweetened sodas.”