Calorie or food labeling, misleading food advertising, taxes on sugary beverages, eligibility requirements for public food benefits—all these and more are food policy debates that have reached the court room for resolution. Food and nutrition advocates, government officials and the food industry have each used litigation to advance their food policy objectives. This panel discussion will explore the advantages and disadvantages of litigation as a strategy for policy change and promoting food equity.
This forum focuses on current and future issues facing food workers, particularly those in cities, in the context of changes to the worker/employer relationship brought about by technological advances like increased automation, peer to peer transactions through sharing economy apps like Uber, high-tech urban agriculture, and online meal delivery services. Utilizing food jobs as a lens, we’ll explore how a range of industries continue to evolve as a result of changes in technology and the city, state and federal policies that encourage technological advances.
Andy Fisher, Adjunct Instructor, Portland State University School of Public Health, gave a talk on his new book, Big Hunger: The Unholy Alliance between Corporate America and Anti-Hunger Groups (MIT Press).
A new president and congress have threatened to repeal or weaken many of the accomplishments of the food justice movement won in the last two decades. In the next few years, how can the food movement here in New York City find common ground and common goals with local and national environmental and labor movements, and the movements for immigrant rights, affordable housing and health care reform? What are the specific opportunities in New York City and State for developing common agendas across these movements to resist Trump initiatives that harm health?
Mark Bittman and Local Food Leaders on Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump (Edible Manhattan) - May 24, 2017
Melissa Checker, Hagedorn Professor of Urban Studies at Queens College and a faculty member in the PhD program in Anthropology at the Graduate Center
Nevin Cohen, Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy & Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute. Co-author of Beyond the Kale
Chantal Gailloux, PhD student in Anthropology at Concordia University and PSRG member
Kristin Reynolds, Lecturer, Environmental Studies and Food Studies programs, The New School. Co-author of Beyond the Kale
Benjamin Shepard, City Tech CUNY, garden activist, and author of Rebel Friendships: “Outsider” Networks and Social Movements
Presented by the Borough of Brooklyn Interfaith Advisory Group (BBIAG) and NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Center for Health Equity, Office of Faith Based Initiatives.
Nicholas Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, will give the keynote address.
Farmers in Upstate New York provide downstate markets with a wide range of agricultural products. Yet there is still enormous potential for growth. By strengthening the linkages between the two regions New York can become a model for values-driven local food procurement. The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is hosting a forum to explore some of the work already moving us in this direction and discuss the opportunities and challenges of expanding regional food procurement and consumption.
The Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE) will host a panel and networking event to discuss the growth of the urban agriculture industry in the Brooklyn and greater New York City communities. Joined by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, members of the New York City Council, the NYC Agriculture Collective, and the Design Trust for Public Space, the panel will feature industry leaders and policy experts who will explore the technology and market forces driving innovation in urban agriculture, and chart a legislative path forward to expand existing policy, foster the creation of food production growth opportunities in local communities, and nurture thriving new agriculture businesses.
The Aging in New York Fund is partnering with Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults, the NYC Department for the Aging, State Society on Aging, United Neighborhood Houses of New York and York College - CUNY to host “Hunger, Health, and Aging: A Queens Food Insecurity Forum."
Join premier leaders in healthcare, media, research and community health for a conference dedicated to reviewing the specific ways cardiovascular diseases affect Latinos in the Northeast, and the critical role Latino leaders play in mobilizing the population to help influence behavior.
Nicholas Freudenberg, director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, will speak on a panel discussing food environments.
Urban Food Policy Forum: Evaluating Community Food Programs: What do we know? What do we still need to learn?
Evaluation: Funders demand it, policy makers use it, agency directors want it, front-line staff sometimes resent it, and too often community residents gain nothing from it. Many of the community food programs implemented in New York City in recent years have been evaluated but it’s sometimes been a challenge to translate findings into more effective practice. In this session, panelists engaged at various levels in the evaluation of community food programs will discuss these questions:
Urban Food Policy Forum: New Opportunities for Improving Food within New York City Housing Authority Communities
The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in North America, representing 8.1 percent of New York City’s rental apartments and housing 4.7 percent of our city’s population. To many planners and health advocates, the NYCHA community is well-positioned for food innovation, which has led to the development of several public/private initiatives encompassing urban agriculture, good food entrepreneurship, and increased quality and quantity of food retail outlets.
Food related issues touch nearly every aspect of our society including the economy, health, transportation, and land and water use. Urban planners analyze these sectors in order to achieve strategic, policy, and sustainability goals with the intent of making cities work more effectively. With food playing such a pivotal role in the life of cities, planners are increasingly looked upon to take more of a central and active part in shaping the urban food environment. This forum looks at ways this is happening in New York City as illustrated by the recently released Five Borough Food Flow report and the upcoming Fourth Regional Plan.
What will be the impact of the election outcome on SNAP and Child Nutrition? The Republican Party, soon to control both houses of Congress, has long called for block-granting ofSNAP, and has recently proposed several troubling changes in School Food programs. How can New Yorkers prepare to defend these crucial components of our social safety net?
Gergley Baics (Barnard) will speak about his new book, exploring the deregulation of New York's public food markets in the early 1800s. Marion Nestle (NYU) will report on the late Joy Santlofer's new book Food City: Four Centuries of Food-Making in New York (for which she provided a foreword) and her own work on the politics of food. Nick Freudenberg, Director of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, will discuss food policy issues facing the city. Mark Bittman of the New York Times will moderate.
Join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College to continue the dialogue around immigrant inclusion as we aim to create an opportunity for education and policy advocacy to increase access to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and school food. Our hope for this forum is to bring together a strong coalition of immigrant and food security advocates that will contribute to the conversation in order to set policy goals that will improve lives of immigrants and contribute to a stronger progressive moment in NYC.
The meeting will showcase an exciting panel of representatives from across the City, and opportunity to speed network, information about our new HFRNG sponsored mini-grants, and a discussion about the Network’s upcoming new name, logo, and website.
Join members of Upper Manhattan's food community, including healthy food advocates, activists, consumers, producers and scholars to discuss our food environment. This session's panel will focus on youth food justice programs that empower youth to make a positive change in Upper Manhattan's food environment. Light lunch will be provided. Please send questions to email@example.com.
Who sits in the White House and who goes hungry directly relate. On the eve of this presidential election, sociologist, activist, and author Jan Poppendieck discusses how figures like FDR, JFK, and Ronald Reagan have dramatically changed the course of hunger in our country.
Urban Food Policy Forum: Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City
In their new book, Beyond the Kale: Urban Agriculture and Social Justice Activism in New York City, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Research Director Nevin Cohen and Professor of Environmental Studies and Food Studies at the New School Kristin Reynolds illustrate how some urban farmers and gardeners not only grow healthy food for their communities but also use their activities and spaces to disrupt the dynamics of power and privilege that perpetuate inequity. Beyond the Kale argues that urban agricultural projects focused explicitly on dismantling oppressive systems have the greatest potential to achieve substantive social change.
On Wednesday, September 28th from 4:00 to 5:30pm, the CUNY School of Public Health will hold its first Public Health Grand Rounds of the Academic Year. The speaker will be Jan Poppendieck, Senior Faculty Fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and Professor Emerita of Sociology at Hunter College.
This talk will be livestreamed on the CUNY School of Public Health's YouTube Channel
This session will analyze trends in food marketing and consider policy responses to reduce exposure to unhealthy food marketing. Among the questions to be considered are: How has the rise of new media technologies changed food marketing? How have food industries targeted unhealthy food marketing to Black and Latino communities and young people? What lessons can we learn from tobacco countermarketing to combat the aggressive marketing of unhealthy food? What legal strategies are available to limit food marketing in various settings? What else can New York City do to empower and protect vulnerable communities from unhealthy food marketing?
Hosted by The Aging in New York Fund in partnership with BronxWorks, Hostos Community College, NYC Department for the Aging, State Society on Aging, and United Neighborhood Houses of New York, this event will feature representatives from community-based organizations that have an interest in reducing food insecurity locally, particularly among Bronx older adults.
Join us for a discussion and a call to action.
Join members of Upper Manhattan's food community, including healthy food advocates, activists, consumers, producers and scholars to discuss our food environment. This session's special panel will focus on healthy food access and affordability for seniors in Upper Manhattan. Light lunch will be provided. Please send questions and panelist recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this session, speakers will analyze how food policy advocatescan use the 2016 Presidential and Congressional elections to advance policy goals of the various strands of the food justice movement. A discussion and Q and A will follow.
New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) Chief of Staff Jennifer Yeaw and a panel of community respondents to explore the steps HRA is taking to make it easier for eligible New Yorkers to apply for SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps).
The good food movement has grown considerably over the past 10-15 years. New disciplines and courses of study have emerged to prepare students for the necessary work of taking on a broken food system and the policies that disproportionately affect low income communities and communities of color. But what are the pathways to securing jobs in this field? What lessons can be learned from those currently doing this work? Join us for a panel discussion featuring professionals working in food policy and food systems change. Learn about the paths they’ve taken to where they are now and how you can leverage your coursework, internship experiences and current work placements to gain the skills and experience you’ll need to get jobs in this growing field.
At this event, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute staff will present key findings from their new report Eating in East Harlem: An Assessment of Changing Foodscapes in Community District 11, 2000-2015.
Scheduled for release later this month, the report summarizes changes in food retail, food assistance, institutional food and nutrition education in East Harlem since 2000 and also reviews changes in diet-related diseases and food insecurity.