Is Local Agriculture Good for the Environment: The Hidden Costs of Food in New York City

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START: 6:30 PM March 25, 2011
END: 8:00 PM March 25, 2011


The locavore movement is strong force in New York City, but is eating local really the most sustainable option? The question of locally sourced agriculture versus importing food is far from settled. The Museum of the City of New York is hosting an informational panel discussion to explore this issue and evaluate the environmental and social costs and benefits of the city’s food infrastructure.

Panelist include Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy; Gabrielle Langholtz, editor of Edible Manhattan; James E. McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly; David Owen, author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability; and Jennifer Small, owner and farmer from Flying Pigs Farm.

They will address questions like the following: Are New Yorkers willing to eat in season only and only what New York has the comparative advantage to produce? What does New York’s penchant for eating out mean for the city’s carbon footprint, given that restaurants are often more wasteful than home kitchens – even those committed to the new ideal of “farm-to-table” production? What are the real environmental costs associated with New York’s food system?

The event is presented in conjunction with MCNY‘s new exhibit “Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program.”

Reservations are required. Tickets can be purchased here.

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