On January 18, 2011, New York City Councilmember Gale Brewer introduced a new law that would strengthen local food sourcing by city agencies. This is an important step in making one of the top institutional purchasers of food more responsible, transparent, and sustainable. Intro 452-2011 does the following:
1. Put New York State food purchasing guidelines on the Mayor's office of contracts website and train people to impement those guidelines.
2. Requires city agencies to report on how they're implementing NYS food purchasing guidelines.
The law doesn't set specific procurement goals, which would make it a much stronger law. Nevertheless, it's an important step.
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I hope that after this law is passed the City Council will continue this work and pass additional laws that actually set specific procurement goals for local sourcing which could, in turn, encourage more investment in infrastructure supporting a regional food system.