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Food, Health and Nutrition (and Policy Implications)

Carolyn Dimitri Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health New York University

Carolyn Dimitri is an applied economist with expertise in food systems and food policy. Her research includes a wide range of work on different aspects of the food system. At the farm level, she is studying urban agriculture in 15 cities around the US, with a focus on whether farming in urban areas is profitable for small and medium sized farms. At the consumer level, she examines access to food in NYC, including a spatial analysis of the food environment in Manhattan.

Dr. Dimitri is conducting an economic analysis of the effectiveness of economic incentives, provided as matching funds to federal nutrition consumers, on fresh fruit and vegetable consumption. Dr. Dimitri is widely recognized as the leading expert in the procurement and marketing of organic food, and has published extensively on the distribution, processing, retailing, and consumption of organic food. Prior to joining the NYU faculty, Dr. Dimitri worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture for more than a decade. She earned a PhD in Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park and a BA in Economics from the University at Buffalo. She blogs at www.sustainablefoodeconomics.com