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.

| June 6, 2012

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.

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?

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.

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.

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