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The Cornell Roosevelt Institute is Cornell University's premier student-run think tank that empowers students by providing them with a platform to publish and circulate their policy ideas. Members write policy proposals and op-eds for publication and contribute to political advocacy and outreach projects. Through Cornell Roosevelt's affiliation with the Roosevelt Network, a nation-wide network of over 140 universities, student policy proposals are also eligible for national publication.

Recent Blog Posts

Farm to Fork is the Future: Why the U.S. Should Take Agricultural Inspiration From the EU

Cattle grazing on open field of grass

The United States must revamp its food system, for the health of its citizens and the environment, by curbing the usage of harmful pesticides in agricultural production methods. It should take inspiration from the European Union's Farm to Fork Strategy by promoting organic agriculture nationwide.

Food Waste: An Overlooked Issue; An Equally Overlooked Solution

Food recovery programs must be incentivized on both a state and national level to ensure food waste practices are equally discouraged among producers, suppliers, and consumers.

From over-purchasing within stores to the inefficient disposal of within landfills, food waste contributes to nearly 40% of the U.S. food supply going uneaten every single year. Policymakers need to address food waste’s substantial role in climate change to limit the unnecessary emission of greenhouse gases within food production.

Why COVID-19 is an Issue of Environmental Injustice in New York City’s Low-Income Neighborhoods of Color

A woman in the Bronx during the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic

In New York City, the Coronavirus pandemic has hit hard in low-income neighborhoods of color, creating a severe health disparity that directly stems from the results of environmental injustice. Extreme levels of pollution due to heavy industry and traffic in these areas have led to towering rates of respiratory illness, making their populations highly vulnerable to the pandemic.

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