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The Financial and Environmental Implications of a Poor Diet

  • Agritecture 40 Bushwick Avenue Brooklyn, NY, 11206 United States (map)

Please join us for an enlightening and educational panel discussing the financial and environmental impacts of an unhealthy, highly processed, diet.  

Industrial agriculture, especially in the central United States, mostly produces commodity crops like corn and soybeans. These crops are used to make the processed foods that dominate the US diet, with serious—and enormously costly—health impacts. With over 16% of New Yorkers being food insecure and undernourished, New York City alone spends roughly $4 billion per year on healthcare costs related to poor diet & malnutrition. Water pollution from fertilizer runoff contaminates downstream drinking water supplies, requiring costly cleanup measures with an annual price tag of nearly $2 billion. Join us to learn more about how to these costs can impact you, the end consumer. 

The mission of this event is to educate attendees on the financial (long and short term) and environmental implications of a poor diet, and discuss how plant-based eating not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but also can have a positive, and sustainable, impact on the environment and your wallet.

 We are thrilled to be joined by an experienced and qualified panel. Our panelist education and intensive knowledge on this topic is sure to bring this panel discussion to life. Moderated by a member of the Board of Associates for Teens for Food Justice, the Panelist currently include:

  1. Whitney Ahneman MS, RDN, CDE: Clinical Nutrition Manager, NYC Health + Hospitals / Coney Island

  2. Dr. Carolyn Dimitri: Applied Economist and Associate Professor at New York University

  3. Samia Lemfadli: CEO and Co-Founder of the Urban Wild


Our panel discussion will be followed with networking and refreshments.

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