17 Aug '11, 4pm

NYC Enacts New Local Food Laws

While the latest poll numbers show popular support for Mayor Mike Bloomberg cooling off, the Mayor took action today on one the hottest issues in New York City – local food. Earlier today at City Hall, Bloomberg signed a package of laws that will help increase the amount of fresh, local food available in the city. This package of legislation is a key component of City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's highly praised "FoodWorks" plan, which is designed to significantly overhaul our regional food system. One bill requires the city to collect and publish "metrics" on how food is produced, processed, distributed, and consumed in the region. These metrics include everything from counting the number of restaurants in the city, to tracking the number of vendors at greenmarkets, to recording how much food is transported by truck or by rail. Having this baseline information can hel...

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