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Crafting a Healthy Food Economy to Reduce Obesity

Crafting a Healthy Food SystemDavid Haight, New York State Director for American Farmland Trust (AFT), joined Tanya Fields of BLK Projek to present Healthy Food System, Healthy People, Healthy Economies at the Healthy Community Development Conference in Rochester last month. The conference was hosted by Designing a Strong and Healthy New York (DASH NY), a coalition coordinated by the New York Academy of Medicine. “Increasing the amount of locally grown food purchased by public institutions will improve the bottom line for New York’s farmers as well as put fresh, nutritious food on the plates of the people who need it, such as students, senior citizens, patients and those in need,” said Haight, informing conference participants about Farm to Institution New York State (FINYS), a statewide partnership of agricultural, public health and economic development partners coordinated by AFT to tackle systemic barriers to increasing the volume of food produced in New York that is served in public and private institutions.

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