CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor
e-newsletter of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
 
 
 
 
Policy Brief: New Directions for Urban Agriculture in New York City
 
 
 
By 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.
 
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2016 Food Policy Scorecard
Food Policy Action has released its annual scorecard of congressional action on the votes and bills that form the food policy landscape of the United States in 2016. Compared to the 113th Congress, this year legislators improved 6 percentage points overall from an average score of 51% up to 57% across both chambers. New York State performed better than the country as a whole, and NY democrats scored higher than NY republicans.
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Institute Staff News
 
 
 
The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is pleased to announce that Craig Willingham will join us as Deputy Director in late October.  For the last four years, Craig has worked for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, most recently at its Center for Health Equity. At DOHMH, Craig has played a key role in working with supermarkets, bodegas, farmers markets and other food retail outlets to expand access to healthy affordable food in New York City neighborhoods. He also led the Department’s initiative to analyze the role that race and racism play in shaping inequitable access to healthy food in New York City and develop appropriate strategies to mitigate these effects. Craig has an undergraduate degree from Brooklyn College and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Hunter College and the CUNY School of Public Health. 
 
 
 
 
In Case You Missed It
 
 
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Big Apple Crunch Harlem
We came, we crunched, we made applesauce! Each year Big Apple Crunch events celebrate Food Day and raise awareness about local agriculture and good food access by bringing people together to bite into apples in unison (hoping to break the world record set in 2013!) Today the New Harlem East Merchants Association continued this tradition uptown at La Marqueta, organizing a a morning of apple activities, games and tastings for East Harlem youth to learn, eat and play.
 
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Urban Food Policy Forum: Beyond the Kale
On October 19th, 2016, Nevin Cohen and Kristin Reynolds gave a talk on their new book, Beyond the Kale and held a broad-reaching discussion with an engaged audience that included practitioners, students, urban farmers, and CUNY faculty. Click the link below to watch the presentation and discussion, and find links to resources. 
 
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Upcoming Events
 
 
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November 14, 2016 12:00pm - 1:30pm
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027
Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan
Join members of Upper Manhattan's food community, including healthy food advocates, activists, consumers, producers and scholars to for lunch and a panel discussion of youth food justice programs that empower youth to make positive changes in Upper Manhattan’s food environment. If you have suggestions for discussion questions or any other questions related to Healthy Food for Upper Manhattan, please write to us at hfumworkgroup@gmail.com
 
 
 
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November 17, 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: Immigrants and Food Access
Join the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute and the Jaime Lucero Mexican Studies Institute at Lehman College to continue the dialogue around immigrant inclusion as we aim to create an opportunity for education and policy advocacy to increase immigrants' access to SNAP (formerly known as food stamps), WIC, and school food. Our hope for this forum is to bring together a strong coalition of immigrant and food security advocates that will contribute to the conversation in order to set policy goals that will improve lives of immigrants and set a national model for inclusion.
 
 
 
 
News from our Partners
 
 
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#Fundthefarmers
#Fundthefarmers will be hosted in both Phoenix and New York City with a livestream being broadcast on Facebook, raising awareness and funds for Spaces of Opportunity’s incubator farm initiative which will provide fresh affordable produce for the south Phoenix community and a living wage for small farmers. Although based in Phoenix, Spaces of Opportunity seeks to prove that neighborhood level food systems are not only viable, they are inevitable.
 
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Prevention Diaries
In a new book, Prevention Diaries, public health veteran Larry Cohen (founder of Prevention Institute) writes about the movement to transform our communities to support health and equity through prevention. Visit PreventionDiaries.org to read an excerpt from the book, preorder Prevention Diaries, access supplemental discussion materials, and learn about upcoming events. 
 
 
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