15 Aug '11, 12pm

Implementing sustainable practices on key urban issues

Implementing sustainable practices on key urban issues

Modernization of Hunts Point Food Distribution Center. Virtually every local food stakeholder in the New York region agrees that a major obstacle to increasing supply of local food is the lack of a “wholesale farmers market” where small- and medium-sized growers can sell directly to supermarkets and other food outlets. The best New York City location at which to create such a facility is the massive Hunts Point Food Market in the South Bronx, which is slated for modernization. This facility is the largest produce market in the world and supplies food to 22 million people within a 50-mile radius. Unfortunately, only two percent of the produce sold at the market comes from local farmers, despite strong retail interest in buying locally grown food. To make matters especially complicated and sensitive, the Market sits adjacent to one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in t...

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