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Tell Governor Cuomo to Buy Local to Support New York

What’s the Issue?

Teacher and students getting healthy food

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 is unknown. 

What’s the Legislation?

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 Food®!

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 into law.

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    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.




    That is why I'm urging you to pass the Food Metrics Bill as soon as possible. The bill would require state agencies to establish a 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 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 helps our farmers as well as feeds healthy, locally-grown food to students, hospital patients, senior citizens and others. It just makes sense.

    Thank you for your consideration, and I hope you will actively work to pass the Food Metrics Bill (S. 4061/A. 5102) this year!

    Sincerely,
    [Your Name]
    [Your Address]
    [City, State ZIP]

     
     
     
    American Farmland Trust