The Food, Farms and Health Symposium scheduled for Tuesday, March 14, at the New York Wine & Culinary Center will be postponed until a later date due to forecasts of severe winter weather. The event, which explores food scarcity amid agricultural abundance, is being presented by Common Ground Health, S2AY Rural Health Network and Foodlink.
Anne Palmer and Caitlin Fisher from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Richard A. Ball, commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Dr. Howard Zucker, commissioner, New York State Department of Health, were scheduled to speak at the event.
The symposium brings together leaders in the fields of health and agriculture to discuss food access in the Finger Lakes region and its implications for health. The Finger Lakes region is rich in fruit and vegetable farms; there are nearly 1.5 million acres of land in agricultural production with an estimated market value of over $1 billion in sales. Yet in an area of agricultural abundance, 22 percent of the population goes without eating healthy, fresh food. That malnourishment has a profound impact on health outcomes. In the Finger Lakes region, 62 percent of adults report being overweight or obese. In addition, 32 percent have high blood pressure, 9 percent diabetes and 5 percent prediabetes.