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

December 06, 2010

Council on Food Policy Issues Annual Report

Report Highlights History and Vision of Food Policy in New York State

The New York State Council on Food Policy (NYS CFP) has issued its annual report to Governor David A. Paterson.  The report, required by Executive Order #13, includes an historical snapshot of food policy in New York State, an account of the NYS CFP activities for the year, a synopsis of the previous food policy recommendations, progress in achieving goals, and notes on emerging food policy issues.

Commissioner Hooker, chairman of the NYS CFP, said, “We have been able to take some significant steps to address the issues of hunger and access to safe, nutritious foods, as well as to enhance local food production and the food retail industry through excellent inter-agency, public and private collaboration efforts… and some would be tempted to say ‘we solved that,’ but this work is never done.” 

The NYS CFP gained awareness about statewide food policy issues on their listening tour in 2008. Semi-annual meetings with public comment periods, guest speakers and various site visits have also helped inform their recommendations and collaborative actions. The four key issue areas identified by the NYS CFP are:

  1. Maximize participation in, and support for, food and nutrition assistance programs;
  2. Strengthen the connection between local food products and consumers;
  3. Support safe, efficient and profitable food production and retail food infrastructure; and
  4. Foster a culture of healthy and local eating for all New York State residents.


The fifty-one state food policy recommendations developed since 2007 reflect the ambitious, innovative and committed spirit of the NYS CFP and the public that helped inform them.  For a copy of the NYS CFP annual report visit and click on “Report to Governor.” 

The mission of the NYS CFP is to develop and recommend policies that preserve and enhance agricultural production in New York; and ensure that all New Yorkers have adequate access to safe, affordable, fresh and nutritious foods, especially by children, low-income individuals, the senior population, and other at-risk or underrepresented citizens. 

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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