Martin Rowe, senior fellow at Brighter Green and head of the Vegan America Project, was a finalist at the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center Food Policy Pitch Event, which took place on November 12th.
The proposal he pitched was to go beyond plant-based solutions as the alternative, to make animal meat the alternative in public, city-funded institutions and agencies. Such a move would: (a) make it much easier for all of us, especially school-kids, to meet their daily requirements of fruits and vegetables, nuts and healthy grains; (b) establish healthy eating as normative; and (c) give a huge boost to producers in New York State and beyond by providing regular purchases at scale. It would lower New York’s GHG emissions; reduce health-care costs; allow New York to set a new standard on the animal welfare provisions of the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP); and deal a deathblow to factory farming in the region. And it would not infringe on people’s right to consume animal products.
While this proposal did not win, it was well received. We would like to congratulate the two winners, Rae Gomes of WhyHunger and Ladan Liban of Resy.