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NYS Council on Food Policy

From the DOH website: New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced the creation of a website dedicated to the NYS Council on Food Policy (CFP). The new website, http://www.nyscfp.org, offers information about the history and the vision of the Council, as well as reports, publications and a directory of the Council's members.
New York State Governor’s Office Executive Order No. 13 (May 18, 2007) established the NYS CFP with the recognition that agriculture is a critically important industry to NYS, that hunger is a serious problem facing many families; that access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food is a serious problem; and that there are significant environmental, health and economic benefits from expanding agriculture production, including locally-grown and organically-grown food.
After review, Governor Paterson confirmed the continuation of Executive Order No. 13 in June of 2008 (Executive Order No. 9: Review, Continuation and Expiration of Prior Executive Orders). By this, Governor Paterson recognizes that the NYS CFP is essential in that it addresses ongoing issues and ensures that the Council shall remain in full force.

NYS CFP brings the public, producers and government together to explore ways in which we can improve our existing food production and delivery systems, expand capacity and in particular, ensure the availability of safe, fresh, nutritious and affordable food for all New Yorkers, especially children, seniors, and low-income residents. Additionally, by expanding the sale of locally grown products, we can help struggling farmers and expand the local agriculture and state economy.

The overall health of our state will improve if we can make our eating habits healthier. The creation of the New York State Council on Food Policy demonstrates that government can work in partnership with communities and food producers to insure that all New Yorkers, particularly senior citizens, children, and those who struggle to afford healthy foods are aware of and have easy access to a nutritious, balanced diet.

NYS CFP develops and makes recommendations to the Governor on state regulations, legislation and budget proposals in the area of food policy to ensure a coordinated and comprehensive inter-agency approach to state food policy issues. The Council delivers a written annual report the Governor.

(1)http://www.health.state.ny.us/
(2)http://www.nyscfp.org/docs/EO13.pdf

The NYS CFP is composed of twenty-one (21) members appointed by the Governor from all aspects of the food systems. Members include: State agency heads from the Department of Agriculture and Markets; Department of Health; Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance; Department of Economic Development; Office for the Aging; State Education Department; and the Consumer Protection Board. The Council also benefit from the expertise and insight contributed by the Dean of the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University; an anti-hunger advocate; two food assistance organization representatives; a nutritionist; a school food administrator; a farm organization; and three representatives from the food industry (producers, distributors, processors, retailers) one of which is involved in organic production; and members with food policy related experience recommended by the Majority and Minority Leaders from both houses of the Legislature. In1984, then NYS Governor Mario Cuomo, established the New York State Council on Food and Nutrition Policy. That Council was made up of seven State agency heads appointed by the Governor and Chaired by the Commissioner of Health. In 1987 the Council on Food and Nutrition Policy delivered a “Five Year Food and Nutrition Plan 1988-92” to the Governor. The four purposes of the plan were to: Promote good health and prevent food and diet-related diseases; Alleviate and ultimately prevent hunger through increased access to food and resources; Support food production in NYS while preserving environmental resources and jobs; and Promote the development and economic viability of the state’s food processing, marketing, and distribution industries.

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