Food & Climate Summit

Friday, December 11, 2009

Scott Stringer, Manhattan Borough President; Marion Nestle, Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health; and Anna Lappé, author of the forthcoming book, Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It discuss the NYU Food & Climate Summit, taking place on December 12th. The event is organized by the Borough President's office and Just Food. Read the New York City Food Pledge and Charter here.


Anna Lappé, Marion Nestle and Scott M. Stringer

Comments [19]


We are living in neo-Victorian times, hence the lawns in from of suburban houses that are there only for show, taking good agricultural land out of production, and removing natural plant corridors necessary for the continued existence and migration of birds,bees, butterflies and other wildlife. In many neighborhoods, clothes lines can no longer be in evidence, so we must all use energy-consuming dryers. There are a number of cultural practices like having lawns, which are tied simply to an appearance of upward mobility and "aping" the wealthy, must be changed if we are to have a local, energy-efficient food network. People should at least have the option of growing food on their own property, even on front "lawns" in the suburb. I saw every inch of small hilly lots around homes in Italy being terraced and used for crops: grape vines, lemon trees, whatever would grow.

Local zoning laws will have to change to allow closed systems such as the tavern that raised it's own grain, baked bread from it's own flour, brewed it's own beer, fed the brewery leavings to it's own pigs, and smoked it's own hams. Pig waste was used on the field where grain was grown. Straw was used for bedding, or sold.

Dec. 12 2009 04:59 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

(15) PD Batchelder: stringer makes mention of haliburton and cheney because cheney excused oil and gas exploration from adherence to the Clean Water and Air Acts in the 2005 "energy" bill. haliburton pioneered the technology known as hydrofracturing, so stringer is right to say this. should you not know the facts, read up:

if you think npr is biased, go back to fox

Dec. 11 2009 01:39 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

Amy from Manhattan #11

In all do respect, greenhouse farming in the winter is anything but “sustainable” and is not very cost effective and requires a lot o energy if your going to feed a large population. You have to irrigate and heat when solar energy is not enough to keep the greenhouse from freezing and killing the crops.

Dec. 11 2009 01:17 PM
Ellen from Brooklyn

Thanks to Scott Stringer for speaking out against fracture drilling upstate - I am concerned not only for NYC's watershed, but for all the individual wells used by our upstate neighbors.

Dec. 11 2009 01:13 PM
PD Batchelder from Newark, NJ

I was amused at Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer's off the cuff comment about "Haliburton and the Cheney gang..." Not amused at the comment or even affronted, but sadly wondering why he was not called-out by Leonard on such a generalization, one that only leads to further stereotyping without facts. NPR normalizes these types of comments on an hourly basis all the while defending their non-biased coverage.

Dec. 11 2009 12:53 PM
Claire from Manhattan from Manhattan East Mid-town

We in New York City need to develop a program that will divert some of the huge agro-biz subsidies to our farms Upstate then get those products into NYC Dept. of Ed cafeterias. It will create jobs upstate, in schools and in farmer's markets; it will increase awareness of good nutrition among school children; higher volume coming from local farms might lower prices for the general public; having more land devoted to farming will quash the question of using it for drilling purposes or other less desirable pursuits. As Ms. Nesle points out, better nutrition will have a ripple effect, starting right at the bottom with healthier children of all ages.

Dec. 11 2009 12:43 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

Everybody is not growing food!!! What about those of us who just don’t have the time or the place to grow food? Sure I could plant a garden on my roof if I invest a huge amount of money to reinforce my roof to take all that extra dirt and water and add to that snow load in the winter time….

Dec. 11 2009 12:37 PM
Mike from Manhattan

New York City should be selling it's own brand of bottled water in recyclable containers from distributed vending machines which filter and bottle it from our supply . we can make money and save a lot of teh energy involved with importing water from Fiji

Dec. 11 2009 12:36 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Food-shed, hmm? At an anti-global warming event on Oct. 24th, I saw a brochure about reducing our "foodprint."

To Jon P. [1], the upstate NY farm that supplies my neighborhood's community-supported agriculture program grows some of its crops in greenhouses so it can give us warm-weather crops until late into the growing season. Some of that can be frozen so it's available even in winter. But I agree that we need to make healthy/organic foods affordable to all & counter their "lifestyle" image.

Dec. 11 2009 12:35 PM
Susan from NYC

Grass Fed Milk for the schools! Please bring this up at your conference tomorrow. Grass-feeding preserves the conjugated linoleac acid that milk should have, and which aids in weight control! Plus, kids hate the 2% milk (as opposed to full-fat) milk. Grass fed full fat milk is good for kids' brain development.

Dec. 11 2009 12:35 PM
1810 farmland from formerly nyu

"nyu doesn't grow much food b/c they don't have much land." -- disagree, nyu has lots of land. what they do w it is to develop it with buildings and people. i can't resist pointing out -- this is exactly the instinct that has pushed our food system into the deformed state it's in today. "we are important than our food."

Dec. 11 2009 12:33 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

This conversation dose not makes any sense. On one hand a guest says that people need to eat healthy on the other hand the other guest says that NY State apples should consumed. What is not understood is that NY State apples are mostly not organic. Apple rees are sprayed with pesticides and chemical fertilizers are used. So, if you want an organic apple you buy Washington State apples.

Dec. 11 2009 12:31 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

Please as who do you propose to feed Las Vegas? Or Phoenix on just local farming? Up in the Northeast, will we never see the likes of bananas or oranges again if everything goes local? Or is it only the rich that will be able to afford these products?

Dec. 11 2009 12:30 PM
Tess from downtown

pls can you ask about how public and private schools under the umbrella of Green School Alliance can insist on buying local and some organics at cheaper prices for school lunches as a large purchasing block. It would be good for school food, carbon footprint and local farm industry. Cd spread to other states

Dec. 11 2009 12:29 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

what happens to hudson valley crops when gas drilling takes over the landscape?

Dec. 11 2009 12:28 PM
Bobby G from East Village

Specific policies:

Require food stamp beneficiaries to take nutrition and cooking classes. You wouldn't believe the garbage food stamp money is spent on.

Eliminate agricultural subsidies.

Dec. 11 2009 12:27 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

BP Stringer--tell the audience about methane, natural gas, and the crisis facing nyc if drilling for said gas proliferates upstate, please!

Dec. 11 2009 12:26 PM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

With regard to New York's "food shed": Can the areas around New York supply the city with food any more? We've had decades of reforestation in some areas and development in many many more since region had to supply the city.

Dec. 11 2009 12:25 PM
Jon P. from The Garden State

NYC going only local? Please ask, are all restaurants and supermarkets only going to serve winter crop vegetables in the wintertime? Or are only the rich folk and very expensive restaurants will be serving non winter vegetables in the winter season? Sounds like the same old elitist slow food movement to me with no realistic solutions. Do they believe affordable food is not a right to?

Dec. 11 2009 12:24 PM

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