On February 23, 2017, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute held a forum bringing together representatives from research organizations and academia, non-profit community serving organizations and the New York City Housing Authority to discuss that agency's current and potential food innovations. These programs, ideas and questions apply creative and diverse solutions to integrate resident engagement with social and economic development as well as increase access to healthy food. The focus areas of this work are currently urban farms, healthy food entrepreneurship, and access to healthy food retail. The forum was moderated by the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute's deputy director, Craig Willingham.
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.
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
Most observers of the 2016 election would agree that to date food and food policy has not been a front burner issue. But are there other top tier election issues that could provide an opening for food advocates—climate change and energy policy, trade policy, income inequality and minimum wage, the role of government in safety net programs? Can food activists use the distrust of corporations by many of Bernie Sanders supporters and some of Donald Trump’s followers to focus on the role of Big Food in health and hunger? Can the threats to democracy that “dark money”, campaign contributions and PACs pose enlist food and other activists to join the fight for campaign finance reform? On June 7, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute sponsored a forum on Food and the 2016 Election to consider these and other questions.