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.