NYC Professional Chapter’s 3rd dinner discussion with Jacquie Berger, executive director of Just Food, was a resounding success. First and foremost, thank you Jacquie, as well as all of the other Net Impacters who took part in the evening. I think everyone would agree that all aspects of the dinner were excellent. Our participants in the evening’s discussion ran the Net Impact gamut, from food entrepreneurs to an MBA student to people from the non-profit world as well as foodies and concerned citizens. As a result, we each brought different knowledge and perspectives to the table.
After individual introductions, Jacquie spoke for a bit on the overall mission of Just Food, as well as some of their current initiatives, which fed the overall discussion nicely. Starting with a basic tutorial on the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) movement, Jacquie facilitated an energetic discussion on how CSAs and farmers markets can be used as agents of change for American eating habits and what some of the major barriers are that prevent involvement from lower-income and under-served communities. The conversation extended further to a debate on how best to educate and positively influence these communities with regard to the “real” cost of food (eg – the environmental and health impacts of a 99¢ hamburger), and we concluded with ideas and suggestions for some solutions to the issues we laid out over the preceding two hours.There was also a brief discussion on the need to legalized urban bee-keeping within New York City.
Constructively, Jacquie asked us all a pressing question at the end of the night, which I will now offer to all of you: Where do we go from here?
The evening stimulated much thought and many good ideas, but we don’t want this positive momentum to end with us having caught our respective trains home. We would love your comments, suggestions, and ideas for how the Net Impact New York Chapter can be a real agent for change in the realms of food politics and food justice, and for how we can tap into our vast collective brain-power and resources to help our city become even better than it already is.
We look forward to hearing from you!