New York City is a food town, perhaps THE food town in the United States. Our health, economy, and environment are inextricably tied to our food system. During the past decade, undeniable progress has been made to raise awareness of, and improve, the City’s food system. But much work still remains. Climate change, the loss of regional farmland, and the lack of new farmers threaten our food system. Hunger stubbornly persists in our midst. And, our economy, still struggling back from the Great Recession, presents food system challenges and opportunities.
What better way to call for a better New York City food future than in the context of a recipe? And so, Food Systems Network NYC (FSNYC) presents the Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City as a vision for food systems change. The Recipe offers our city’s food communities—anti-hunger, health, agriculture, distribution, labor, and eaters— the opportunity to engage in cooking up a better food system through conversation, collaboration, and advocacy that will inspire our city’s leaders to act, beginning with mayoral candidates. FSNYC believes that a mayor and elected officials who understand the importance of food is critical to achieving a fairer and more sustainable, resilient, and economically stronger food system that will benefit every New Yorker.
What's next for the Recipe?
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May 21, 2013
At the April 24th, 2013 Open Networking Meeting, FSNYC members and representatives from other food system communities gathered to discuss the recently released Recipe for the Future of Food in New York City, a working document that outlines key ingredients for improving New York’s food system. Lead authors of the Recipe and members of the FSNYC Policy Subcommittee presented the document and answered audience questions. The interactive event also provided audience members with a chance to suggest ways to update and expand upon the document. And, in light of the upcoming New York City elections, there was much discussion about how to use the Recipe as a catalyst for action among City leaders.
Since the meeting, the Policy Subcommittee has compiled the audience’s comments and suggestions and is now in the process of finalizing the first update to the Recipe. Already, Recipe authors have fine tuned sections of the document in response to feedback from various food system communities. The Policy Subcommittee will review these updates and discuss next steps for action at its next meeting.
Thank you to all who shared your feedback on the Recipe, and we look forward to working with you and other food system community members in the future as we continue to inform City leadership on how to preserve and strengthen the New York City food system.
If you have questions or are interested in joining FSNYC's Policy Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Acting Co-Chairs, Policy Subcommittee