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Regional food

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. 

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Holds Forum on Food Systems and Regional Planning

CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute Holds Forum on Food Systems and Regional Planning

by Claudia Wald

On January 24th, 2017, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute convened a panel on food systems and regional planning, bringing together representatives with a range of perspectives and a common vision for sustainable regional production which supports jobs and the local economy while bringing farm to table. 

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.