What’s the Issue?
The growing, processing, buying and selling of food has
traditionally formed the foundation of all economies and New York State is no
different. New York’s farms, food processors and related businesses annually
generate an estimated $47 billion in economic activity. Yet, New York continues
to lose farms and farmland to suburban sprawl at an alarming rate. Over the
last 25 years New York State has lost almost half a million acres of farmland,
the equivalent of 4,500 farms, to subdivisions, shopping malls and scattered
development. How can we stop the loss of our state’s irreplaceable farmland?
One way that New Yorkers can help create more economic
opportunities for farmers is to encourage state institutions that provide meals
to “Buy Local.”
Public and private institutions in New York State—such as
colleges, hospitals, schools, senior centers, emergency food providers and
others—annually feed millions of New Yorkers. That’s a lot of food. However,
the amount of food produced in New York that is being bought by state agencies
The Food Metrics Bill (S. 4061/A. 5102) sponsored by Senator
Patty Ritchie and Assemblywoman Crystal D. Peoples-Stokes and approved by the
state legislature last month, would require state agencies to establish a
robust food purchasing, tracking and reporting system that will provide
baseline data about money being spent on food and the geographic source of such
food, as well as to lay the groundwork to encourage state institutions to buy
more food grown on farms in New York.
When state institutions buy more food grown in New York it
will help our farmers turn a profit as well as feed healthy, nutritious,
locally-grown food to people who need it—like students, hospital patients and
senior citizens. It just makes sense.
Remember—No Farms No
The people of New York State are excited about the Food
Metrics Bill. Contact Governor Cuomo today and urge
him to help New York State support its farmers by signing the Food Metrics Act
Please Support the Food Metrics Bill
Dear [Decision Maker],
I am a voter in your district, and I am asking for your support of the Food Metrics Bill (S. 4061/A. 5102). I am concerned about the loss of farmland and its negative impact on the local food economy. That's why I encourage you to pass the Food Metrics Bill (S.4061 / A.5102), sponsored by Senator Patty Richie and Assemblymember Crystal Peoples-Stokes.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]