CUNY Urban Food Policy Monitor
e-newsletter of the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
 
 
 
 
 
10 Reasons for
Regional Food Planning
 
 
By Nevin Cohen, Research Director, CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute
 

 
It is tempting for New York City food advocates to focus their attention 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.

By contrast, regional food policy is a much harder sell. The metropolitan region includes New York’s two neighboring states, some 31 counties, and roughly 700 separate municipalities. Distinct jurisdictions, competing needs and interests, fractious politics, and the lack of regional governance structures makes coordination complex. And elected officials are often reluctant to invest city tax dollars, and their political capital, on policies that benefit other communities.

But two recently released reports, a study of food distribution within New York City’s boundaries, called Five Borough Food Flow, and New York City’s annual Food Metrics Report, show that food planning at the regional scale is essential for a more efficient, resilient, and equitable food system. This brief discusses 10 reasons why.
 
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In Case You Missed It
 
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Urban Food Policy Forum: Defending SNAP and Child Nutrition After the Election
On December 15, 2016 we convened a panel of food policy experts to explore what the new administration and Congressional leadership implies for federal nutrition programs and discuss strategies for defending and strengthening these programs. See the full discussion, view presentations, and read briefings.  
 
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People's Climate March Food and Agriculture Hub Meeting

On Friday, January 13th the Food and Agriculture Hub of the People's Climate March (April 29th) met at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy to discuss strategies for developing diverse and inclusive representation at this national event. To learn more and get involved, email Aziz Denkan aziz@nyccgc.org.
 
 
 
Upcoming Events
 
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January 24, 2017 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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February 23, 2017 4:00pm - 5:30pm
CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy
55 West 125th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10027
Urban Food Policy Forum: NYCHA Food Initiatives

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) is the largest public housing authority in North America, representing 8.1 percent of New York City’s rental apartments and housing 4.7 percent of our city’s population. To many planners and health advocates, the NYCHA community is well-positioned for food innovation, which has led to the development of several public/private initiatives encompassing urban agriculture, good food entrepreneurship, and increased quality and quantity of food retail outlets.
This forum looks at several current, past and proposed food initiatives focused on engaging residents at NYCHA developments across the city.  
 
 
 
Partner Opportunities
 
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HFRAN Part-Time Research Associate
The Healthy Food Retail Action Network seeks a part time consultant to assist with a variety of research and writing tasks related to the work and impact of the Network. The qualified candidate will be familiar with the New York City food landscape as well as the myriad organizations and groups working to increase access to healthy foods citywide. The candidate must be a strong writer, critical thinker, and independent worker. Ability to cold call organizations to gather information essential.
 
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HFRAN Part-Time Communications Associate
The Healthy Food Retail Action Network seeks a part-time Communications Associate to take on a variety of media related tasks. The candidate must be a strong writer and creative thinker with basic knowledge of managing print materials, website development & maintenance, social media, and other related content platforms. Familiarity and interest in the areas of food access, small business development, nonprofits, public health, nutrition, and/or visual arts a plus. This position will report to the Chair of the Communications Committee and be responsible for managing written communications for all of HFRAN’s activities.
 
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