Local Governance and Food Systems
Presented by NYU Food Law, Wagner Food Policy Alliance, the Green Rabbits, and the NYU Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

As enthusiasm for building sustainable local food systems continues to grow, the discussion is starting to shift from a focus on entrepreneurship and enlightened consumerism to the need for civic engagement around food issues. In response to this need for collaborative problem-solving in the public sphere, the number of food policy councils in North America has nearly doubled in the past two years, reaching almost 200, and a growing number of municipalities are actively engaged in food systems planning. New York City is at the forefront of this movement and this panel brings together some of the city’s leading figures in food policy and planning to discuss the role of local governance in building sustainable food systems.

Featuring:
-Mark Izeman (NYU Law alumnus), Senior Attorney and Director of the Natural Resource Defense Council’s New York Urban Program.
-Kim Kessler (NYU Law alumna), Food Policy Coordinator, Mayor Bloomberg’s Office
-Nevin Cohen, Professor of Urban and Environmental Studies, The New School
-Beatriz Beckford, Director of Organizing & Policy, Brooklyn Food Coalition
-Emily Broad Leib, Director of the Food Law and Policy Clinic, Harvard Law School

Light snacks will be provided by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43