Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
Jessica A. Chittenden

September 09, 2008

Commissioner Announces Website for Council on Food Policy

New Website,, Offers History and Vision of Council

New York State Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker today announced the creation of a website dedicated to the New York State Council on Food Policy (CFP). The new website,, offers information about the history and the vision of the Council, as well as reports, publications and a directory of the Councilís members.

The New York State Council on Food Policy was created in 2007 with the recognition that agriculture is a critically important industry to the State; that hunger is a serious problem facing many families; that access to affordable, fresh and nutritious food is a serious problem, especially affecting children; and that there are significant environmental, health and economic benefits to the State and its residents from expanding agricultural production.

To gain perspective from community members on food policy issue areas and to seek opportunities to maximize collaboration among stakeholders, the CFP held a series of listening sessions across the State this past summer. The website includes a complete catalog of the public testimony provided during the listening tour.

Commissioner Hooker is the Chair of the 21-member Council, whose members represent nearly all sectors of the food industry and together represent the needed diversity and expertise necessary to develop an effective food policy for the people of New York State.

The New York State Council on Food Policy holds public meetings in the summer and fall of each year. A written report is issued to the Governor each December summarizing the Councilís activities, outlining the key food policy issue areas and specific priorities, and recommending a plan of action for the new year.

For further information, visit the New York State Council on Food Policyís new website at or contact the Department at or (518) 485-7728.

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