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Five Borough Food Flow

10 Reasons for Regional Food Planning

10 Reasons for Regional Food Planning

By Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute

It is tempting for New York City food advocates to focus on the many local policies under the purview of New York City government: improving school food; easing access to SNAP; or supporting urban farms and farmers markets. City agencies are responsible for the food system within the five boroughs, and city officials see a clear justification for policies that help New Yorkers.

Five Borough Food Flow

Five Borough Food Flow

This month, NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency released the results of a 2016 New York City food distribution and resiliency study. This "Five Borough Food Flow"  is a an effort to better understand the  vast system of food retail, distribution and transportation networks that supply New York City's residents and visitors with billions of pounds of food each year and help the City ensure that this system, is resilient, modernized and able to support our growing population.