March 22, 2011

Event: Local Agriculture at the Museum of the City of New York

We've been specially invited to an event uptown this Friday at 6:30, “Is Local Agriculture Good for the Environment: The Hidden Costs of Food in New York City”. (What does specially invited mean? If you tell them that you belong to the Grand Street CSA you'll get in at the $6 membership price.)

Here's the blurb:
When it comes to eating sustainably the question of locally sourced agriculture versus importing food is far from settled. Are New Yorkers willing to eat in season only and only what New York has the comparative advantage to produce? New Yorkers penchant for eating out adds for an additional complication. What does that 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? Peter Hoffman, chef and owner of Savoy; Gabrielle Langholtz, editor, Edible Manhattan; James E. McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown, 2009); David Owen, author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability (Riverhead, 2009); and Jennifer Small, owner and farmer from Flying Pigs Farm evaluate the environmental and social costs and benefits of the city's food infrastructure.
The Museum of the City of New York is located at 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street.