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Sunday Meeting -Why New York Is Losing The Food Battle


Curt Collier, Leader

Kathleen O’Connell Presides 


Each year the number of farmers markets, community gardens, and farm co-ops (CSAs) continue to grow in the New York metropolitan area.

These have done a great job in not only providing area residents with farm-fresh produce but helps these patrons gain greater control over the quality of their food and the sustainability of its production practices. However, in many ways we are becoming victims of our own success. As the uproar over the unprincipled corporate control of American food production continues to swell, more families are turning to local growers to provide healthier food, but this increase is not sustainable. This is leading to market demands that is great for area farms but is pricing out many lower income families. What should we do? Is local agriculture sustainable, and to what extent can urban agriculture honestly fill the demand. Leader Collier is directly involved in this challenge and currently manages a Farmers Market, CSA, Community Gardens, and an agriculture program serving several schools. He has spoken before the USDA about this looming crisis and will give his opinion about the changes needed to win the battle against corporate malfeasance.

Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead  [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.

 

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