CLASS: Policy for New York Food System Change

By Thomas Forster

This month a New School continuing education course that provides citizen activists and working professionals with a foundation in food and farm policy change for New York, the nation and our world will begin its fifth season. “Food Policy for the Local Food Revolution” is taught by former farmer and policy campaigner Thomas Forster over 15 Monday evenings at 6 pm from January 23 to May 14. This course gives tools through readings, discussion and guest lectures to policy learners from beginning to advanced levels so they may comprehend and engage city, state, national and international food and farm policy processes.

Winter and spring 2012 is a critical year for food and agriculture policy. The class will learn about NYC City Council FoodWorks agenda and about new interest in the resilience of the food system at City Hall. The federal food and farm bill will be debated in Congress during this class, and students will learn just how important New York is to the national debate on the future of food.  At the international level the UN headquarters in New York will be the venue for a global debate about the nexus of food security, climate change and economic volatility. This class gives students much more than an armchair view of these linked processes, bringing them up close to policy actors and organizations in real time policy research and action.

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