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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Generation Food:  Youth Programming & the Food Justice Movement
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Generation Food: Youth Programming & the Food Justice Movement

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For decades, young people have been at the forefront of highlighting injustices and advocating for more equitable and democratic approaches to solving our nation’s and world’s most serious problems. They are a motor force for social improvement, and their passion, commitment and energy have been the fuel for many social movements including those that seek food justice. Food justice describes the goal of creating equitable food systems that promote human and planetary well-being for all, regardless of race, income, gender, profession, or residence. On April 25th, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute, invited youth food justice leaders, and youth food justice program coordinators to discuss youth leadership in the food justice movement and to analyze critically how young people can realize opportunities and overcome obstacles to shaping local, national and global food environments and food systems.

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Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Community Food Work
May
9
10:00 AM10:00

Using Qualitative Methods to Evaluate Community Food Work

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Participants will learn how to use focus groups, observations, and other qualitative methods in assessing the impact of their community food work. We will provide an overview of qualitative methods, as well as relevant community food work examples of tools that organizations may choose to use. We will also practice developing and implementing qualitative approaches.

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Community Food Evaluation Workshop: Using Surveys to Evaluate Community Food Work
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Community Food Evaluation Workshop: Using Surveys to Evaluate Community Food Work

Please join us for the third session of our Community Food Evaluation Workshop: Using Surveys to Evaluate Community Food Work.

Participants will learn about how to maximize the use of surveys for assessing their community food work. We will provide an overview of survey validation methods as well as examples of validated survey tools that organizations may choose to use. We will also practice developing and implementing bespoke survey tools that organization's can use to measure their impact.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Eating Without Reservation: Ensuring Food Safety in New York
Mar
26
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Eating Without Reservation: Ensuring Food Safety in New York

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New York City has long been a national leader in defining municipal role for ensuring access to safe and healthy food. But why does food safety matter? How has the level of food safety in New York City changed in the last decade? What are the emerging threats to food safety in New York City and the nation?  What else could New York City do to better prevent food-borne illnesses? On Tuesday March 26, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other key questions.

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Urban Food Policy Forum:  Practicing Food Democracy: Translating Ideas into Action
Feb
28
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Practicing Food Democracy: Translating Ideas into Action

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Food democracy is central to the advancement of equitable, healthy, and sustainable urban food systems.  In a Food Democracy all members of the agro-food system have equal and effective opportunities to design, operate, and participate in its stewardship. But what does it mean to practice food democracy?  And how can food policy advocates connect to democracy activism in other sectors?  How can we strengthen and expand opportunities for practicing food democracy in NYC and elsewhere? What tools, processes, competencies, and alliances do we need to increase citizen involvement in policymaking processes?  How can communities typically absent from the table gain a voice and a seat that will make food policy decisions fairer? On February 28, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other key questions.

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Urban Food Policy Forum:  Cutting Edge Food Research at CUNY
Jan
29
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Cutting Edge Food Research at CUNY

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The CUNY Food Collaboratory brings together faculty and students from around the CUNY university system who are engaged in policy-relevant food research across disciplines. On January 29, five Collaboratory faculty members will share their recent work on food sovereignty; food and nutrition in immigrant communities; school gardens; youth obesity; and the role community college education plays in promoting food security and healthy eating. Researchers will present their findings and take audience questions as part of an in depth exploration into food-related scholarship at CUNY. This will be followed by an opportunity to meet informally and discuss their work in more detail.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Growing Good Food Jobs in New York City
Dec
18
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Growing Good Food Jobs in New York City

What opportunities are there for expanding good food jobs – or food sector jobs that pay a decent wage; offer benefits, safe working conditions and pathways for career advancement; and make healthy affordable food more available in low-income communities – in New York City? What is currently missing to scale up existing innovations? Which policies, initiatives, and investments will best address current entrepreneurs and provide the conditions for good food jobs to flourish? On December 18th, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and a group of guest speakers to explore these and other key questions in this Urban Food Policy Forum.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Food Policy and the 2020 Elections: What to Put on the Table
Nov
29
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Food Policy and the 2020 Elections: What to Put on the Table

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How can food be a tool to engage communities? What might be some common goals, messages, and strategies for food, democracy, climate change and civil rights groups leading into the 2020 election? Could a New York City and State Food Policy Agenda for 2020 unify different constituencies? On November 29, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute to explore these and other key questions in this post-election Urban Food Policy Forum!

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"Public Charge" Community Info Session
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

"Public Charge" Community Info Session

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On September 22, 2018 the Trump Administration proposed changes in the "public charge" rules that would expand the discretion of the Office of Homeland Security to deny applications for green cards or certain types of visas based on an immigrant’s age, family size, income, and assets, as well as based on whether they have utilized certain cash or non-cash public benefits or programs they are legally entitled to use. Such a change could make life more difficult for New Yorkers who depend on and are eligible for many of our nation's public benefit programs.

Are you or someone you know concerned about the impact of this rule change? If so, then join us on November 9th at 6 pm for a community information session to learn the facts about the proposed changes to “public charge” from representatives of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Strategies for Confronting Epidemics of Fear and Hunger: The Future of Food Security in New York City
Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Strategies for Confronting Epidemics of Fear and Hunger: The Future of Food Security in New York City

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We are now in the public comment period for the Trump Administration proposal to revise the nation’s public charge rule. On December 10, 2018, this period will end. What is “public charge”?  What is its current and potential impact for the well-being and food insecurity of immigrant communities in New York City and the US? More broadly, what are other threats to the future of food security in New York City?  How can New York best protect the advances in reducing food insecurity of the last two decades?  On October 30, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute to discuss the public charge rule proposal as well as other threats to food security.  The Forum will also provide updates from a new working group focused on immigrant access to food benefits and the latest information on the Nutrition Title of the (now expired) Farm Bill, specifically SNAP and TEFAP components.

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Urban Food Policy Forum:  Reducing Harmful Corporate Influences on Diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases:  Lessons from the United Nations/WHO Global Initiatives
Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Reducing Harmful Corporate Influences on Diet-related Non-Communicable Diseases: Lessons from the United Nations/WHO Global Initiatives

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The Third United Nations High Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) will take place in New York City at the end of September. Its goal is to review progress made since the first meeting in 2011 and to consider goals for the coming years. To mark this event and to consider its implications for food policy in New York and elsewhere, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute invites you to its September Urban Food Policy Forum. 

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Food, Trade, & Health: What are the Connections?
Jun
6
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food, Trade, & Health: What are the Connections?

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In this session, we will explore how two middle income countries, South Africa and Mexico, have responded to the changing global food system. Speakers will describe the role of global and national food industries in changing the diet and health of people in these countries, with a particular focus on recent rises in non-communicable diet-related diseases. They will also examine some of the ways that governments and civil society organizations have responded to the public health challenges posed by the rise of highly processed foods in South Africa and Mexico.  

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Urban Food Policy Forum:  Food Security in New York in 2018 and Beyond
May
17
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Security in New York in 2018 and Beyond

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With ongoing changes in the political landscape, many people are concerned with food security and how current and potential policy proposals could affect their family and community.  On May 17th, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will explore the current state of federal, state, and city food security policy by discussing threats and opportunities. 

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Gentrification and the Local Food Environment
Mar
29
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Gentrification and the Local Food Environment

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Many New Yorkers have experienced gentrification, the influx of affluent people into low- and moderate-income neighborhoods that often results in residential displacement and profound changes to a community’s racial and ethnic composition, culture, and commerce. On March 29th, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will explore the causes and effects of gentrification on local food environments and strategies to ensure access to affordable, healthy food.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Policy in New York City Since 2008 Part 2: Lessons for the Next Decade
Feb
21
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Policy in New York City Since 2008 Part 2: Lessons for the Next Decade

To mark the release of its new report, Food Policy in New York City Since 2008: Lessons for the Next Decade, the Institute hosts the second of a two-part series looking at the progress the city has made on food policy and what else needs to be done to reduce diet-related disease, food insecurity and other food-related problems. By exploring what New York City has accomplished in food in the last decade, we hope to identify strategies for advancing food equity in New York City in the next 5 to 10 years.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Food System Issues and Challenges in the US and China in the Trump and Xi Jinping Era
Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food System Issues and Challenges in the US and China in the Trump and Xi Jinping Era

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The US and China are witnessing challenges to their dominant (and evolving) food systems. How those challenges are able to influence how, where, and what we eat in light of the issues associated with their food systems is the subject of this talk by Robert Gottlieb.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Litigation as a Strategy for Defending and Advancing Food Policy
Sep
14
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Litigation as a Strategy for Defending and Advancing Food Policy

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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.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: How Will Technology Influence Food Workers In The Next 10 Years?
Jun
22
5:30 PM17:30

Urban Food Policy Forum: How Will Technology Influence Food Workers In The Next 10 Years?

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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.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump

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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? 

 

Press:

Mark Bittman and Local Food Leaders on Building a Food Movement in New York in the Age of Trump (Edible Manhattan) - May 24, 2017

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Urban Agriculture in NYC: Social Justice, Disparities, and Gentrification
May
4
12:00 PM12:00

Urban Agriculture in NYC: Social Justice, Disparities, and Gentrification

Panelists:

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

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Urban Food Policy Forum: What Would It Take To Grow A Regional Food Economy?
Apr
25
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: What Would It Take To Grow A Regional Food Economy?

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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.

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Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC
Apr
6
6:30 PM18:30

Growing Greens in the Grid: The Future of Urban Agriculture in NYC

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.

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Voices for Healthy Communities
Apr
6
8:30 AM08:30

Voices for Healthy Communities

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.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Evaluating Community Food Programs: What do we know? What do we still need to learn?
Mar
23
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Evaluating Community Food Programs: What do we know? What do we still need to learn?

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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:  

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Urban Food Policy Forum: New Opportunities for Improving Food within New York City Housing Authority Communities
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: New Opportunities for Improving Food within New York City Housing Authority Communities

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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.

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Systems and Regional Planning
Jan
24
6:00 PM18:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Systems and Regional Planning

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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.

 

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Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition After the Election
Dec
15
9:00 AM09:00

Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition After the Election

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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?  

 

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Feeding Gotham: The History and Future of Food Policy in New York City
Dec
13
7:00 PM19:00

Feeding Gotham: The History and Future of Food Policy in New York City

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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.

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