Vision 2050

Envision the future of New York State’s food system;
one that is profitable, equitable, sustainable and healthy — by 2050

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What is Vision 2050?


Our goals are to:

Leverage the collective wisdom from diverse stakeholders to develop a united Vision;

Publish the Vision as a report with priorities, targets, and recommendations for how to reach this Vision by 2050;

Build ownership among food system stakeholders for a shared Vision and create a clear path for getting there.

Why does NYS need a food system vision?


Ultimately, through the adoption and implementation of a NYS Food System Vision, we aim to accelerate sustainable agricultural economic development; increase food security; mitigate climate change; and create green jobs throughout the farm and food sector.


  • shrinking farmland and development pressure;

  • rapidly increasing numbers of retiring farmers with no successors;

  • climate change; 

  • scarcity of healthy soil, water, biodiversity; 

  • inadequate protection of labor; 

  • decreasing capacity and inefficiencies in processing and distribution;

  • food insecurity/access and population growth;

  • lack of a common direction and silos among food system stakeholders.

CADE's Executive Director, Phoebe Schreiner, delivers a powerful TEDx Talk on the potential of New York State to become America's next foodshed.


New York agricultural agencies and researchers launch Roundtables to develop a State-wide food system vision

ONEONTA, N.Y. – On July 22, 2021, the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE), the Dyson School of Cornell University, the Cornell Small Farms Program, and faculty from Columbia University announced the launch of a series of roundtable discussions for food system stakeholders to run from August to September 2021 on New York State’s agricultural future. The roundtables are set to map efforts underway to develop the State’s food system, build bridges among stakeholders, and identify priorities for framing a long-term vision and plan for New York State, called VISION 2050.

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Vision 2050 Roundtable

Exercise: Imagine it’s the year 2050 and we live in an equitable, resilient, profitable, and healthy food system.


What would that look like? What would be different than what we see and experience right now (focus on one feature)?

What do you see as opportunities to get there? Where should we be investing efforts? 

What significant barriers do you see/ experience to advancing the 2050 vision + any thoughts about how to address them? 

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Join the Visioning Roundtables

Have expertise we need? Help us vision New York’s future food system by participating in the roundtables to be run from August - September. Roundtables run for approximately 90 minutes. View a sample agenda.

See our list of invitees and recommend yourself or others by sending an email to

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Current Partners

  • CADE

  • The Dyson School of Cornell University

  • Cornell Small Farms Program

  • Local and Regional Food Systems Initiative at Cornell University

  • SUNY Cobleskill

  • Colleague from Columbia University

  • Friends from the New England Food Vision


The research and visioning will be informed by NYS food system stakeholders:

  • Policymakers

  • Farmers

  • Ag/economic development agencies (NYSDAM, REDCs, CCEs, etc.)

  • Investors

  • Supply chain entrepreneurs

  • Food justice leaders

  • Climate experts