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Growing a Regional Food Shed in New York: Lessons from Chicago, Toronto and Cincinnati

Growing a Regional Food Shed in New York: Lessons from Chicago, Toronto and Cincinnati

By Nevin Cohen, Nicholas Freudenberg, and Craig Willingham
 

A stronger, more integrated New York City and State regional foodshed offers many potential benefits: increased access to healthy affordable regionally grown food, creation of new good food jobs in agricultural and urban communities, better protection of farmland,  more sustainable regional agriculture that slows climate change and new upstate/downstate partnerships that can constitute a political force for advocating alternatives to a corporate-dominated food system. In this policy brief, we examine lessons for New York City from the regional foodsheds that are developing in Chicago, Toronto and Cincinnati.