CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor
e-newsletter of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
 
 
 
 
 
Food Justice in the Trump Age: Priorities for NYC Advocates
 
 
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
 
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Republican Controlled Congress Likely to Put Hunger Back
on the Table
 
 
By Maggie Dickinson, Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Guttman Community College, CUNY
 
 
The recent election poses a grave threat to federal nutrition programs and the millions of low income families they serve. This January, Republicans will control the presidency and both houses of Congress. Republican speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, has been pushing to block grant SNAP (formerly food stamps) for several years. Ryan’s proposed changes have the potential to undo much of the progress we have made in addressing hunger in the United States since the 1970’s.
 
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NYC Food Policy Reports
 
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2016 Food Metrics 

This week the Mayor's Office of Food Policy released the 2016 Food Metrics Report, a New York City Council mandated summary of various measures of food environments and food policy outcomes over the last year. In January, the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute will post our analysis of this report. Send your comments and questions on the report to urbanfoodpolicy@sph.cuny.edu and we'll address them in our analysis. 



 
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Five Borough Food Flow

This month, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and the Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency released the results of a 2016 New York City food distribution and resiliency study. Titled Five Borough Food Flow, the study is a an effort to better understand the vast system of food retail, distribution and transportation networks that supply New York City's residents and visitors with billions of pounds of food each year and help the City ensure that this system is resilient, modernized and able to support our growing population. 
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
 
Nutritionism, Big Food and the Corporate Capture of Nutrition
 
 
On November 30, 2016, Gyorgy Scrinis, Senior Lecturer in Food Politics and Policy at the University of Melbourne, gave a talk hosted by the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute entitled “Nutritionism, Big Food and the Corporate Capture of Nutrition." During his talk, Dr. Scrinis analyzed how corporations use nutrition and nutritionism to advance their business interests. 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
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December 15, 2016 9:00am - 10:30am
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027 
Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition After the Election
What will be the impact of the election outcome on SNAP and Child Nutrition? The Republican Party, soon to control both houses of Congress, has long called for block-granting of SNAP, and has recently proposed several troubling changes in School Food programs. How can New Yorkers prepare to defend these crucial components of our social safety net?    

 
 
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January 24, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027
Urban Food Policy Forum: Food Systems and Regional Planning
Food related issues touch nearly every aspect of our society including the economy, health, transportation, and land and water use. Urban planners analyze these sectors in order to achieve strategic, policy, and sustainability goals with the intent of making cities work more effectively. With food playing such a pivotal role in the life of cities, planners are increasingly looked upon to take more of a central and active part in shaping the urban food environment. This forum looks at ways this is happening in New York City as illustrated by the recently released  Five Borough Food Flow report  and the upcoming Fourth Regional Plan.
 
 
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