Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Speaker Quinn Gets It! Soup to Nuts Food System Reform for NYC

Singing praises for NYC's food advocates (including yours truly), NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn launched the FoodWorks initiative at the New School on Monday to address the NYC food system and its many challenges. In short, QUINN TOTALLY GETS IT!!!

Her vision is great -- a systems approach versus a piecemeal approach, "soup to nuts" as she called it. And, just think, only three days after the launch of the NYC Food Charter -- that's M-O-M-E-N-T-U-M.

She hit on many topics. Rail transportation to reduce truck miles. Salad bars in the schools using locally grown and processed lettuce (most of our school lettuce comes from CA). Kitchen incubators at La Marcheta in Harlem.

Quinn also talked about the F.R.E.S.H ("Food Retail Expansion to Support Health") program (read my May 2009 blog post "New York Officials Support Regions Feeding Cities"), supermarket commission, labor, food stamps, food pantries, environmental issues, economic development, the obesity epidemic, job creation and a local food economy.

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