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Events Bulletin-September 16-22

September 20, 2012
Weekly Events Bulletin: September 16-22
Wagner Food Policy Alliance “Welcome Back” Happy Hour
Thursday, September 20 | 6:30-8:00 PM
Gustorganics, 14th Street & 6th Ave
Come and meet the WFPA team for a relaxing Happy Hour at NYC’s first all-organic bar, Gustorganics, which serves tasty, organic food and spirits, which you can grab 2for1 at this time. Learn more about WFPA, our planned events, and how you can be a part of the fun.
WFPA Lunch + Learn Series: Steinhardt Professor Carolyn Dimitri
Monday, September 24 | 12:30-1:30 PM
Jersey Conference Room
Come with a brown bag lunch and get an early look into a paper in progress–“Political Economy of the National Organic Standards Board” is Steinhardt FoodStudies Professor Carolyn Dimitri’s latest study written with help from Wagner alum Christina Bronsing.  Participants will receive a small section of the working paper leading up to the event, which will include a collaborative discussion, time for suggestions and questions.  
Professor Carolyn Dimitri is a former USDA organics expert. Check out her blog. 
RSVP is required as seating is limited, please click here.
Light snacks provided. 
What’s Behind the Label?
Wednesday, September 19th | 6-8:00 PM
The New School Wollman Hall, Eugene Lang Building 65 W. 11th St. (enter at 66 West 12th St.)
Our decisions about the food we purchase are governed by a variety of factors: taste, price, ethics, safety, and more. What do labels-like ‘organic,’ ‘natural’ and ‘hormone free’ – communicate about how that food is raised or grown, and how do farmers determine which, if any, certifications are right for them? This Greenmarket Educated Eater panel discussion will delve into the questions of what certifications mean for small family farms. Greenmarket producers will expound on popular certifications such as Certified Naturally Grown and organic, why they did or did not choose to become certified, and how it affects their growing practices.
Free and open to the public with RSVP
Food Systems Network NYC: Monthly Networking with Mark Winne, author & food activist
Thursday, September 20|  12:00-2 PM
Office of the Manhattan Borough President, 1 Centre St 19th Fl, south entrance
Community food activist, founder of Hartford Food System and author of “Closing the Food Gap,” leads a discussion on food policy development and the current momentum towards building broad, city-wide food policy platforms. Together with moderator Thomas Forster (New School) and panelist Kate MacKenzie (City Harvest), this talk will also briefly review recent NYU food policy developments and stakeholders.
For more information, go here. Non-FSNYC members are kindly asked to make a $5 donation. 
Borlaug Fellowship
United States Agency for International Development
This program is generously funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) with the aim to boost the number of future leaders and decision-makers who have the scientific base needed to effectively study and promote sustainable food systems. The grants support student research in a developing country setting in-residence at an International Agricultural Research Center (IARC), or a qualifying National Agricultural Research System (NARS) unit. 
Application deadline 11/11/12, to learn more and apply please go here. 
Health Board Approves Restriction on Sale of Large Sugary Drinks
New York Times
September 13, 2012
The NYC Health Board approved Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial ban on the sale of large sugary drinks in the five boroughs. Learn more about the impacts of thispolicy. 
Article here. 
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