Institute faculty leadership Nevin Cohen, Nicholas Freudenberg, and professor emerita Jan Poppendieck recently published an essay on food policy in spring 2017 volume of the Journal of Food Law & Policy. The essay, “Food Justice in the Trump Era: Priorities for Urban Food Advocates,” discusses the future of food policy under the Trump administration.
This post also appears on Civil Eats. A recent discussion of how to unite food activists in New York City with the larger Trump resistance offers lessons and tools to create positive change everywhere.
By Mark Bittman and Nicholas Freudenberg
By Nevin Cohen, Nicholas Freudenberg and Janet Poppendieck, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
Trump’s inauguration, coupled with Republican Congressional control, requires every constituency to analyze the threats to the gains of the last eight years. This is particularly urgent for New Yorkers seeking to advance three broad food goals: eliminating food insecurity and hunger, fighting malnutrition and health inequality, and ensuring a sustainable food system with good jobs. Anticipating efforts to undermine food justice enables advocates, researchers, and policy makers to choose priorities in our work and forge strategic partnerships. In this policy brief, Nevin Cohen, Nicholas Freudenberg and Janet Poppendieck from the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute analyze likely changes in these three areas and propose strategies to promote food justice in the coming years
Guest Post by Diana Robinson, Campaign & Education Coordinator, Food Chain Workers Alliance
This past week has been very challenging for me as a daughter of Afro-Caribbean immigrants and as an organizer for social, economic, and racial justice. The policies that Donald Trump has said he will enact would devastate so many communities - immigrant, Muslim, black, LQBTQ, and many more. And for food workers, who are already paid the lowest hourly median wage in the U.S. at $10 per hour, their poverty wages and poor working conditions will likely get worse. But I have hope that we can fight back.
It will take us all some time to analyze the full implications of the outcome of the election and to understand the effects on food justice and health equity. As founders of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY School of Public Health, as public health researchers and advocates, and as individuals dedicated to social justice, we wanted to reaffirm the core commitments and values that inform our work.