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

December 22, 2008

Food Policy Council Issues Report To Governor Paterson

Report Offers Food Policy Recommendations, Outlines Councilís Activities

The New York State Council on Food Policy today issued its annual report to Governor David A. Paterson. The report, required by Executive Order #13, includes a summary of the Councilís activities over the past year, as well as its recommendations on food policy for 2009 and proposed steps needed to implement the recommendations.

Over the past year, the Council held seven listening sessions around the State, gathering public testimony on the following four priority food policy areas. 

 Maximizing participation in food and nutrition assistance programs;

 Strengthening the connection between local food products and consumers; 

 Supporting efficient and profitable agricultural food production and food retail infrastructure and; 

 Increasing consumer awareness and knowledge about healthy eating; and improving consumer access to safe and nutritious food.

An overarching recommendation involves the creation of publicly available inventories of available food, nutrition and agricultural services in New York State. This data will serve as a foundation upon which to build targeted food policy recommendations.

For a copy of the Council on Food Policyís annual report and all of its recommendations, please visit and click on "Report to Governor".

The New York State Council on Food Policy was created in 2007 with the recognition that in New York State, agriculture is a critically important industry; 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. At no time in recent history are these matters more prevalent in society than present.

To learn more about the Council on Food Policy, visit or contact the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets at 518-485-7728.

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