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Coming up on Connections: Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Healthy food: asparagus, tomatoes, orange ,apples, grapes, strawberries, milk, eggs, chicken, cheese, pasta, grains, bread

First hour: How can Rochester rebuild its food infrastructure to make the system more equitable?

Second hour: Debating a gas tax holiday

How can Rochester rebuild its food infrastructure to make the system more equitable? Cities around the country are asking this question. The answers often include community gardens, urban farms, fresh food cooperatives, and more. University at Buffalo urban planning professor, Samina Raja, will be in Rochester next week to discuss the issue as part of the Reshaping Rochester series. We preview her talk on food equity by design. Our guests:

  • Samina Raja, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, director of the Food Systems Planning and Health Communities Lab, and associate dean for research and inclusive excellence at the School of Architecture and Planning at the University at Buffalo
  • Leslie Knox, chair of the board at Taproot Collective
  • Rosa Luciano, chair of the ROC Food Policy Council

Then in our second hour, New York State and Monroe County will both institute a gas tax holiday starting in June. Removing the gas tax will save drivers a bit of money during their summer travel. Gas tax holidays are popular politically, but economists say they are not very effective. Those who support climate action say they encourage fossil fuel consumption. Our guests debate it:

  • Rachel Barnhart, Monroe County Legislator, 21st District
  • Mark Johns, Monroe County Legislator, 8th District
  • Sue Hughes-Smith, Monroe County Legislator, 14th District
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
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