by Marion Nestle
Feb 27 2010

Manhattan’s sustainable food system?

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!