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

  • CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy 55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor New York, NY, 10027 United States (map)

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.


Jose Gonzalez, Director, Data and Research, New York Communities for Change


Michel Mroue, Founding Executive Director, NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council and Food Service & Accommodation Industry Partnership, NYC Department of Small Business Services



Julia Ticona, post-doctoral scholar, Data & Society Research Institute


Sebastian Vanderzeil, Director, Global Thematic Analyst, Cornerstone Capital Group



Stacey Weismiller, Senior Project Manager, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Moderator: Jeff Potter, formerly VP of Engineering at Food52


How Technology Can Change Conditions for Food Workers (Edible Manhattan) – June 26, 2017



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Vanderzeil S. Retail Automation: Stranded Workers? Opportunities and risks for labor and automation. Cornerstone Capital Group. May 2017.

Wagner A. What this apple-picking robot means for the future of farm workers. PBS NewsHour. May 2017.