Nevin Cohen, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
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.
Nevin Cohen, the Institute’s research director, and DPH student Kristen Cribbs have published an article in the Journal of Aging Studies on their findings from a research study of the cooking practices of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) older adults living in a community setting in New York City.
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.
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.
I had the privilege of attending the Edible Schoolyard Rooftop Garden and Greenhouse Ribbon Cutting Ceremony today. The rooftop facility offers opportunities for growing, cooking and eating fresh grown produce to children enrolled in PS/MS 7 and Global Tech Prep, two schools co-located at 120th Street between
Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
In the past year various New York City policies and programs have helped to grow urban agriculture: The city’s housing agency preserved dozens of gardens slated for housing development, including designing four existing gardens into a new development project. Gardens in the Lower East Side are being retrofitted to help protect the community from flooding. The Housing Authority has created large farms on several developments to train youth, involve residents, and grow and distribute fresh produce. And entrepreneurs have come together to advocate support for the nascent commercial urban agriculture industry. This brief explains that these efforts not only align with food policies but they address broader city goals that extend beyond food production.
On September 30, 2016 the New York City Council Committee on Small Business and Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises held an oversight hearing on Zoning and Incentives for Promoting Retail Diversity and Preserving Neighborhood Character. Nevin Cohen, Research Director at the Urban Food Policy Institute, prepared and delivered testimony focusing on the challenges and opportunities within the food sector His testimony is presented below.