NYAM Talks Health and Economic Benefits of Locally Grown Food

 

Iago Galdston Lecture

New York Academy of Medicine
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A pioneer in the health care investment field, Dr. Mitchell Blutt serves as chief executive officer of Consonance Capital in New York City. With more than three decades of experience in the field, he oversees the company’s private and public equity investment divisions. Outside of his work, Dr. Mitchell Blutt maintains membership in the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM).

According to a recent report by NYAM, allocating more money to purchasing fresh food grown in New York State could not only be an economic boon for the state’s farmers, but also provides an opportunity to improve the health of residents in a number of public settings. Childcare facilities, adult care centers, food pantries, and other public-facing entities often rely on tax dollars to help fund a portion of their operations. By spending that money on fresh, New York-grown food, the agencies could help the people who depend on their services realize a decreased risk of developing chronic diseases.

The state spends nearly $1 billion each year on food for these institutions. Only 10 percent of that amount, however, goes to purchasing foods that are locally grown in New York. In the report, NYAM recommends that figure be upped to 25 percent, which not only will bring more fresh-grown food to New Yorkers, but will also help spur the state’s farming industries through local investment.

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