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Brooklyn High School Students and the Art of Butchery

February 8, 2010

I was excited to see this article, by Hannah Wallace, in today’s NYT. Ms. Wallace attended a field trip with students from the Automotive High School in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The trip to the Meat Hook in Williamsburg is one of many the students take while enrolled in “Food, Land, and You,” a class developed three years ago by Jenny Kessler, a teacher at the school. A majority of the students in the class live in neighborhoods known as food deserts, and approximately 75 percent qualify for free lunch, making it all the more important that they are given the opportunity to learn about alternatives to fast food and industrial agriculture.

For more information about policy issues related to food access in low-income areas, check out this 2008 report from Yale’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. I’m pleased to see parallels between some of the recommendations in the Rudd Center’s report and the FoodWorks initiative announced late last year by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

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