Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, who is clearly serious about sustainable food issues, just issued a new report: FoodNYC: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Food System.
Here are some of its goals:
- Promote urban agriculture
- Connect upstate and Long Island farms with downstate consumers
- Increase the sale and consumption of regionally grown foods
- Increase the number of “alternative” food markets, indoors and outdoors.
- Require a food curriculum in public schools
- Support large-scale and small-scale composting
- Increase access to drinking water fountains
- Support the rights of farm workers
- Create a Department of Food and Markets
If Manhattan can do this, other boroughs (and cities) can do this too! Let’s do what we can to help Mr. Stringer make these work!
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.”