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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM:  New York City & State Budgets and Food Spending
Oct
31
9:30 AM09:30

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM: New York City & State Budgets and Food Spending

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This forum is a public discussion on the status of food in the City and State FY20 budgets and looks forward to how they might change in light of the recently released City Council Growing Food Equity in NYC agenda. Invited panelists include representatives from city government, advocacy organizations, and organizations that have successfully influenced the city budget to prioritize good food objectives. Two central questions we hope to address are: How do the NYC and State budget processes work? and What sorts of strategies are most effective in budget advocacy efforts? In addition to helping demystify the city and state budgeting processes, the forum also offers a chance to identify opportunities for actively participating in these processes for the coming FY21. On October 31, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other key questions.

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Grand Rounds Lecture | Junk food marketing to children of color: The current reality and what we can do about it
Oct
16
4:00 PM16:00

Grand Rounds Lecture | Junk food marketing to children of color: The current reality and what we can do about it

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Lori Dorfman, DrPH, MPH, directs Berkeley Media Studies Group, a project of the Public Health Institute, where she oversees BMSG’s research, media advocacy training and strategic consultation, and professional education for journalists. BMSG works with advocates to build their capacity to use media advocacy in confrontational policy environments so they can focus attention on transforming systems and structures to foster health. Dr. Dorfman’s research examines how the media portray health issues, including alcohol, tobacco, nutrition, food, children’s health, health inequities, and violence, among others. Dr. Dorfman is part of an interdisciplinary team that helped news organizations include a public health perspective in their crime and violence coverage. With colleagues at the Center for Digital Democracy, Dr. Dorfman has been conducting research on how food and beverage companies are using digital marketing to target children and youth (see http://digitalads.org/). Dr. Dorfman teaches Mass Communications and Public Health at the School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley, where she is associate adjunct professor. Her publications are available from http://www.bmsg.org/.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Putting Food on the Green New Deal Menu
Sep
25
9:30 AM09:30

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Putting Food on the Green New Deal Menu

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Transforming the food system has great potential to reduce the carbon emissions that cause global warming, expand well-paid, clean energy jobs and reverse the twin public health crises of food insecurity and diet-related diseases. Additionally, adding an explicit focus on food in Green New Deal debates and agendas at the city, state, and federal level can engage wider, more diverse constituencies in persuading cautious politicians to overcome opposition from industries that oppose modifying the status quo. As New York City and State are both taking steps toward the development and implementation of ambitious Green New Deal plans, this forum will explore why Putting Food on the Green New Deal Menu matters and what decision makers can do to bring this transformative perspective to their climate action policies and initiatives. At the height of Climate Week, on Wednesday September 25, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore this critical topic.

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How to Access Publicly Available Data Sources for Community Food Evaluation
Jul
10
10:00 AM10:00

How to Access Publicly Available Data Sources for Community Food Evaluation

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Participants will learn how to access and manipulate publicly available data relevant to community food work, such as community level datasets detailing healthy and unhealthy food consumption, food retail locations, school lunch participation, community gardens locations, academic outcomes, rates of chronic health conditions, demographics of specific neighborhoods, and others. If there is a particular topic of interest you'd like to add to this list, please reach out and we will look into what might be available! Participants will also learn how to migrate compatible datasets into Google Maps to support environment focused evaluations.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Charting the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City
Jun
27
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Charting the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City

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New York City’s large and diverse urban agriculture system is considered one of the most innovative and vibrant in the world. The system emerged without a comprehensive strategy, yet critical issues like land tenure, infrastructure, financial and technical resources, and the role of new growing technologies, suggest that an urban agriculture plan may be needed to support and grow this vital urban infrastructure. As the City Council considers requiring a comprehensive urban agriculture plan, this forum will explore what such a plan should include and how the city should go about crafting it. On Thursday June 27, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other timely questions.

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URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Equity and the Public Plate
May
30
9:00 AM09:00

URBAN FOOD POLICY FORUM | Equity and the Public Plate

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Cities across the United States and abroad are in agreement: current food systems are not serving the public interest. Public food procurement – or the share of a city’s food supply funded by government and government-sponsored institutions – is, arguably, one of the most effective tools that municipalities have to instigate a radical transformation of the current urban food system. One approach being used by cities is the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), a metric based, flexible framework that encourages large institutions to direct their buying power toward five core values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition. As adoption of good food purchasing policies expands across the East Coast and the US as a whole, and a campaign to bring the GFPP to New York City gains traction, what can New York learn from the experiences of other cities? What sorts of obstacles should municipalities expect when embarking on more ambitious food procurement goals, such as those recently announced in the OneNYC 2050 plan? And, what strategies could city leaders employ to effectively surmount these obstacles? On May 30, join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and invited experts to explore these and other key questions.

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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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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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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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