Support the Healthy Food Amendment to the Farm Bill

The farm bill is about to come up for debate on the Senate floor, and now is our chance to stand up and help turn this bill that supports mega-farms into a bill that supports a healthier food system.
From the Environmental Working Group
June 6, 2012
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Here’s an action alert from our friends at the Environmental Working Group about the food and farm bill now moving through Congress:  

Do you want a farm bill that invests more in healthy food? If so, we need your help.

The farm bill — legislation that makes all the difference when it comes to your food — is about to come up for debate on the Senate floor. This is your chance to turn the farm bill into a healthier food bill, and we need you to stand with us now.

As it's currently written, this bill will give away billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies to corporate mega-farms while doing too little for healthy food programs.

Yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) announced that she will offer an amendment to cut crop insurance subsidies, restore cuts to funding for food stamps and redirect $500 million to healthy food programs.

We need you to stand with the Environmental Working Group and 70 other organizations and food leaders like Michael Pollan and Mario Batali in urging the Senate to invest more in healthy foods, reject cuts to nutrition programs and cut egregious subsidies. Your senators need to know that you want a healthy food bill right now — before they vote.

Click here to email your senators demanding support for Sen. Gillibrand's amendment and healthy food.

With a $100-billion-a-year price tag, the federal farm bill dictates what types of crops are sown, how farmers grow and sell the food you eat and what food assistance is available to all Americans.

In a national poll last year, 78 percent of us said that making nutritious and healthy foods more affordable and accessible should be a top priority in the farm bill. Unfortunately, the bill approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee falls far short. Tens of billions of dollars will go to crop insurance subsidies for corporate mega-farms and insurance companies, while programs supporting food assistance and healthy food go drastically underfunded.

Sen. Gillibrand's amendment would go a long way toward turning the farm bill into a healthy food bill. It will cut the outrageous crop insurance subsidies, restore cuts to nutrition programs and redirect $500 million to provide healthy fruit and vegetable snacks to school children.

Your senators need to hear from you right now - before they vote. Demand support for Sen. Gillibrand's amendment to restore cuts to food stamps and invest in healthy food.

Click here to stand with EWG Action Fund and the healthy food movement. Tell your senators to support Sen. Gillibrand's anti-hunger and healthy food amendment.

Thank you for taking action. Together, we can turn this year's farm bill into a healthy food bill.








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LYNN BINGHAM
6/19/2012 7:35:42 PM
The cry that nutrition programs need more money thrown their way in order to succeed, only goes to show how uneducated so many in this country are about school lunches. I saw a program that was pushed by the present First Lady about getting children to eat more healthy foods. When asked which foods they would eat most of the children turned up their noses at cauliflower. The only way to get these children to eat healthy was to disguise it with other healthy foods they would eat. Our biggest problem in this country is the big food processor companies want to have the big contracts and provide the modified food products to schools and other institutions. Where does this leave the farmers? Everything is so connected so no matter what you cut or how you attempt to fix the problems someone is going to suffer (Lose a job, contract or money) so how do we fix everything so no one is hurt?

LYNN BINGHAM
6/19/2012 7:23:14 PM
I agree with T Brandt, that farmers who have produced food for this nation only to have the canning and middlemen put additives to keep it as fresh as possible. I am tired of hearing that the farmers are the ones to blame for all the chemicals in our food supply. Consumers demand good quality food at reasonable prices. Only when we get people to understand and grow their own produce and become as self sufficient as possible will we hae the freshest and best food possible. The cry for support also includes support for social programs of food stamps, which I personally am tired of subsidizing. We need to educate people about growing their own food and doing more to support themselves. There are too many black holes for our tax dollars and little or no education for people to help themsleves.

OtherSidePrep
6/18/2012 6:17:28 PM
I quite agree this article in no way gives any real facts. The Farm Bill has become bloated and entails a multitude of things that frankly don't belong in the farm bill. An honest discussion and some facts about the bill would be much more informative and honest to the readers.

T BRANDT
6/10/2012 2:24:27 AM
In a statement Monday, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., said, "The 2012 Farm Bill makes $23 billion in cuts; nearly two-thirds are to farm programs even though they are only 14 percent of the Farm Bill. There is a lot of good in this farm bill for Minnesota, including maintaining strong conservation and school lunch programs." http://www.agweb.com/article/amendment_could_hit_crop_insurance_LN/

T BRANDT
6/9/2012 10:49:19 AM
This article is quite obviously written by someone who has never been on a farm & and has no clue what it takes to produce our food. The Farm Bill is a $150 billion dollar fiasco of which 85% is directed towards "food stamp" type entitlements. Only 15% is directed at farmers. As stated here many times before, farming is a capital intensive operation with very risky, uncertain outcomes subject to fickle weather & markets. Crop insurance offered at reasonable prices is EXACTLY what the govt should be providing to ensure the security of our food sources....To suggest that some foods are good & others bad is a simplistic, ignorant bit of wishfull thinking. Nutrition is poorly understood by the poorly & partially educated. It just isn;t that important in maintianing health. Nutriion is either adequate or inadequate, not good or bad. One must eat a balanced diet in order to fullfill one's genetic potential for good health. No "good food" can improve on that.

GERALD NAUGHTON
6/7/2012 10:10:23 PM
Please explain. How does redirecting one half of one percent of a terrible bill that misdirects one hundred billion borrowed dollars towards bad food constitutes a worthy cause? Wouldn't people be more inclined towards good food if, instead of directing $500 million to "good" food, we instead killed the 99 billion and 500 million others dollars that's supporting bad food? (I assume this comment will disappear. )








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