FoodYou Campaign


About the Campaign

Pace Academy’s FoodYou Campaign is about the way that our choices, as individuals and as a society, intersect with the environment.  During this 2013-2014 awareness initiative, we will examine some of the many pieces that are set in motion by what we put on our plates. Through events and partnerships, the campaign will broaden the Pace community’s understanding of our global food system. We’ll be talking about the FoodYou design, cultivate, kill, water, afford, waste, torture, share, and more.

Food has always been a bridge between people and their environment.  Today, our food choices are not only influenced by our region, personal budgets, and culture but also international trade agreements, government subsidies and regulations, and climate change.

Campaign Events

The FoodYou Campaign will shine a light on our system’s resources, production, and waste through a diverse set of educational and action-oriented events. Events will feature experts on animal welfare and genetic engineering in agriculture, as well as opportunities for students to visit an organic farm and local farmers markets. In the Spring Semester, Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies’ mock hearing on CAFOs in NY will give students the chance to influence policy on industrial livestock production.

*Please note that dates, locations, and times will be added as information is finalized. Follow us on Facebook to stay connected.


New York State Assembly Mock Hearing

4/25 Pace Law School, NYS Judicial Institute

The finale of the campaign. Pace faculty, undergraduates, graduate, and Law School students teamed up to testify about the future of NY agriculture and the environmental, health, and economic impacts and ethics of the trend toward industrialization in our homegrown dairy industry.

The students presented their semester's work in front of a prestigious lineup of guests as part of a mock joint hearing of the NYS Assembly Committees on Agriculture and Environmental Conservation.

For more on our April 25th Hearing, go to the program webpage.


FoodYou Representative Launches Petition

Show your support today!

Pace senior Alireza Vaziri, our FoodYou Campaign NYC Representative, has made it his mission to bring food waste recycling to our campuses.

In the United States we waste up to 40% of the food we produce and at Pace those numbers are not so different. There is a solution that you can be a part of. By signing this petition you are showing your support for an issue that requires and immediate response. We are urging the Pace University Administration to address food waste at our own campuses by allocating the necessary funds and resources.

Please take 30 seconds out of your day to sign and share this petition with your colleagues and students.


Past Events:

Justice Fair at Convocation 2013

PacePLV, Kessel Center, 1:00pm-3:00pm

At this year's Convocation, the Center for Community Action and Research invited us to participate in their Justice Fair. Hundreds of students stopped by our table to get introduced to the Food Campaign and learn a bit about how food can translate to justice for the hungry, for animals, and for the environment.

The event was a great success! We even snagged a couple photos.


Jonathan Safran Foer Lecture and Q&A
via Virtual Classroom

PaceNYC, Lecture Hall West, 2:15pm-3:00pm
PacePLV, Miller Lecture Hall, 12:45-1:30pm

Award-winning author Jonathan Safran Foer joined us via virtual classroom to discuss his book Eating Animals. Foer wrote this nonfiction while exploring today's food systems and  presents what many consider the most important popular critique of industrial farming. The event was made possible by Farm Forward. Thank you to those who joined us for this thought-provoking discussion!  Download flyer.

Catch the announcements in Pace Pulse and Opportunitas!

Field Trip to Continental Organics
with Pforzheimer Honors College PLV

New York State is home to much more than just apples! There is an abundance of agriculture, with some farms dating back to before the American Revolution. NY is also becoming a host to more and more alternative farms, including Continental Organics and Stone Barns.

On November 1st, Continental Organics owner Mike Finnegan graciously took us on a tour of the amazing work he's been doing to create sustainable options for NY consumers. Check out some photos here.


February: Mortola Library FoodYou Exhibit

Front lobby display of inspiring books and factoids

For the entirety of Febraury, the FoodYou Campaign teamed up with the Mortola Library on the Pace Pleasantville Campus to share books and astonishing facts about food. We even tried our own experiment on McDonalds fries, leaving them on display for the whole month to see their decomposition, or lackthereof. For more pictures of our display, check out our Facebook album.


FoodYou Design: BioEthics Forum XX
GMO Panel Discussion

PacePLV, Butcher Suite, 12:00pm-2:00pm
Watch the recording online here.

To further the understanding of genetic engineering in agriculture, Pace Academy and cosponsors Sigma Xi Research Society hosted a panel to discuss different aspects of the GMO debate, including feeding the growing world, labeling, and protecting the environment.

This free event was a huge success, both in person and online. You can watch the recording online and continue the conversation on Twitter with #pacefood.
For more, visit our FoodYouDesign webpage.

The panel featured:

Andrew Revkin (moderator)
Pace Academy Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding, musician, and Dot Earth blogger at The New York Times.

Shelley Boris
Chef at the Garrison Institute, long time supporter of sustainable agriculture in the Hudson Valley, and author of the forthcoming book Fresh Cooking.

Jason J. Czarnezki
Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law at Pace Law School  and author of Everyday Environmentalism: Law, Nature, and Individual Behavior.

Nathanael Johnson
Journalist and food and environment writer at, Johnson spent the last six months exploring claims and counterclaims about genetically modified foods. Joining us via Google+.

Pamela Ronald
Director of the Laboratory for Crop Genetics Innovation and Scientific Literacy at U.C. Davis and Director of Grass Genetics at the Joint BioEnergy Institute. Joining us via Google+.

































Dr. Sam Simon, President of Hudson Valley Fresh, on the challenges for small farmers

Pace PLV, Wilcox Room10, 3:30pm-4:30pm

Mock Hearing participants got special access to the president of Hudson Valley Fresh small farmers' co-op. He gave us the inside scoop, speaking to us about what it's really like to be a small farmer. Here he is featured in Serious Eats, the New York Times, and Hudson Valley Fresh.

You can watch the guest lecture on our Youtube page.


All Earth Month: FoodYou Photography Exhibit

Food-inspired photos from the students of "Nature Exposed"

For the entirety of Earth Month, the FoodYou Campaign cosponsored a special photography exhibition of student work inspired by food and the environment. The artwork was on display in the Kessel Student Center's Dining Room A at Pace University Pleasantville.

Food in the News

Despite being such a  regular part of our lives, the topic of food still makes headlines. Rightly so! Here are a few of the latest campaign staff picks on some of today's hot button issues.


  • "Ag Gag" Lawsuit Filed to Protect Freedom of Speech (EarthDesk)
  • Environmental Groups Sue NYS over Dairy Farm Rules (Democrat and Chronicle)
  • GMOs May Feed the World With Fewer Pesticides (PBS NOVA)
  • FAO Launches Agri-Environmental Database to Monitor Trends (FAOSTAT)
  • Bloomberg Aims to Require Food Composting (NY Times)


Course Offerings

Pace University courses are famously diverse, reflecting our broad array of disciplines and resources. A long list of environmental courses can be found through Pace's Environmental Gateway. Below are some of our favorite.



  • BIO 218 Genetically Modified Organisms

Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) have been a source of debate especially over the last decade as more and more of the world’s cropland is planted with genetically modified plants. Explore GMOs from food plants to animal "pharming" where this same DNA technology is applied to animals such that they produce large amounts of human proteins, vaccines, and other substances for medical use. We will investigate various literatures for the social, economic, political, and environmental impact issues surrounding this technology.

  • CHE 106 Chemistry of Food and Cooking

This is a lab science course that looks at cooking on a scientific basis. It explains the basic materials from which our food comes and how those components interact in the process of food preparation, the many methods of processing them and the perceptions of taste that dictate the features of food that are emphasized.

  • ECO 271 Economics Geography

This course is an introduction to location theory. It examines why industries (agricultural, manufacturing and services) are located in certain regions and/or countries, and whether these locations are determined by the quality and quantity of economic resources. It also assesses the contribution of these industrial locations to the disparity in the economic development of nations, as well as to the globalization of economic activities.

  • ENV 201 Animals and Society

This course attempts to answer the question why our society seems ambivalent towards animals and what significance this has in our lives. Readings, guest lectures, films and discussions will shed light not only on our culture’s largely unexamined bias, but also on the lives of the animals themselves. We will explore the myths and realities of buffalo, circus elephants and wild horses in our culture as well as the role farm animals, laboratory animals, wildlife and pets have played in shaping our American identity. We will also explore the positive side of the human-animal bond—from animal-assisted therapy to horse whispering. Students are encouraged to question their own assumptions about animals and to ask what the consequences of these assumptions are.

  • ENV 296Y Food Revolution: The Politics and Ecology of What We Eat

This course will look at food and culture in the globalized world. Students will grapple with complex issues such as food aid, marketing and advertising strategies, obesity and malnutrition in the land of plenty, world overpopulation, loss of genetic diversity, bee colony collapse, food riots, cash crops, immigrant farm workers in the United States, why farmers are committing suicide in India, landless workers in South America, and the politics of hunger. We'll also examine solutions to these many problems, such as: hydroponics, sustainable farming, revolution and democracy.

  • LAW 815 Animal Law

Explores the animal law movement from its inception to its current status. This course examines the development, scope and current application of anti-cruelty laws governing laboratory test animals, trapping, animal fighting, animals used in entertainment, animals used for religious purposes or for educational purposes, and humane slaughter.

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Contact Us

The FoodYou Campaign is an initiative of
Pace Academy for Applied Environmental Studies.

Contact us at or (914) 773-3091.