Friday, March 25 at 6:30 pm
Is Local Agriculture Good for the Environment: The Hidden Costs of Food in New York City
When it comes to eating sustainably the question of locally sourced agriculture versus importing food is far from settled. Are New Yorkers willing to eat in season only and only what New York has the comparative advantage to produce? New Yorkers penchant for eating out adds for an additional complication. What does that mean for the city’s carbon footprint, given that restaurants are often more wasteful than home kitchens – even those committed to the new ideal of “farm-to-table” production? What are the real environmental costs associated with New York’s food system?
James E. McWilliams, author of Just Food: Where Locavores Get It Wrong and How We Can Truly Eat Responsibly (Little, Brown, 2009); David Owen, author of Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are the Keys to Sustainability (Riverhead, 2009); and others evaluate the environmental and social costs and benefits of the city’s food infrastructure.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Moveable Feast: Fresh Produce and the NYC Green Cart Program: http://www.mcny.org/exhibitions/future/Moveable-Feast.html
Reservations required: 917-492-3395 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
$6 museum members; $8 seniors and students; $12 non-members
$6 when you mention Compost for Brooklyn
Museum of the City of New York
1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
New York, NY 10029