2013 is likely to be the first Mayoral election where food politics is center stage – and advocates couldn’t be more prepared for the work ahead of them. The food movement, engaging everyone from chefs like Jamie Oliver to authors like Michael Pollan to radical environmentalists to school parents across the country, has several goals but can be narrowed to one controlled goal: a safe, healthy and sustainable system of bringing our food from seed to plate.
In NYC, this is the first election where not only are the candidates are being questioned on food policy matters, but it makes good political sense to respond. The food policy goals of each candidate are being scrutinize early and with great zeal, and it’s likely that food advocates will be a major force in mobilizing the vote come election day.
This week I was fortunate enough to have a seat at the Mayoral Candidate Forum on Food in New York City. This event was slated to bring together mayoral candidates interested in speaking on the issues of hunger, food policy, food sourcing infrastructure and school food programs (among other related subjects). And bring them together it did! With moderator Marion Nestle (FoodPolitics.com, Food Politics) at the helm, the night came together beautifully with one on one question and answer sessions with each of these six Mayoral hopefuls:
- Sal Albanese – @SalAlbanese2013
- Bill de Blasio – @deBlasioNYC
- John Catsimatidis – @JCats2013
- John Liu – @JohnLiu2013
- Christine Quinn – @Quinn4NY
- Bill Thompson – @BillThompsonNYC
- Anthony Weiner – @AnthonyWeiner
I’ve got notes on the actual conversation, give me a few days and I’ll get them together for you 🙂
With the 2013 Mayoral election already gearing up, now is the time for advocates to get their voices heard and make a case to the mayoral hopefuls clambering for audience and viability.
Marion Nestle of Food Politics The Mayors’ Forum: History in the Making