#20: Eric Adams on Urban Ag, Healthy Diets & 2021 Mayoral Race
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins Elyssa + Alina to discuss urban agriculture through the lens of health and nutrition. In his new book, "Healthy at Last: A Plant-Based Approach to Preventing and Reversing Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses," Eric talks about his personal journey to a plant based diet and how to eat cheap, healthy, and local. He also shares his policies and vision for NYC, for his Mayoral run in 2021!
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Elyssa and Alina are friends living in New York City passionately working within different aspects of urban agriculture. Our fields (no pun intended) put us face-to-face with innovations in tech, sustainability, and NYC culture. Elyssa spends her days working on clean energy and finance, and her weekends serving as an advisor to Brooklyn-based coworking lab, AgTech-X. In addition to being a registered dietitian nutritionist, Alina oversees marketing, product and nutrition at AeroFarms, the leading indoor agriculture company in the world based in Newark, NJ. Both are members of the NYC Urban Agriculture Collective, and both definitely eat their veggies.
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