The U.S. Congress is currently writing a new version of the Farm Bill, a massive piece of legislation that will determine the future of food and agriculture for the next four years. Senator Pat Roberts, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, could use his position to undermine the power of the National Organic Standards Board. The Board is a valuable source of democratic representation in the regulatory process for agriculture across the United States.
Good Food Advocates to Converge in D.C. to Oppose Draft Farm Bill
Food Policy Action is mobilizing stakeholders from across the United States to voice their united opposition to the draft 2018 Farm Bill released by the House Agriculture Committee. Advocates have a narrow window in which to convince House members that supporting a Farm Bill that cuts support for SNAP, small farmers, and the working class is not only irresponsible, but will lose them support at the ballot box, says FPA executive director Monica Mills.
Opinion: The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System
As Congress battles over this year’s Farm Bill — the massive US$87 billion a year legislation dictating the nation’s food and farming policies — it’s critical we spend all this money wisely. As taxpayers and eaters, everyone has a stake in making sure this huge investment results in a healthier food system for the future.
Mike Lufkin: Use Locally Grown Foods to Rebuild Food Systems
Mike Lufkin strives to improve the local food system in Seattle and oversees King’s County’s Local Food Initiative and he will be at the Food Tank Summit in Seattle.
Melony Edwards: “Land is the basis of freedom, justice, and equality”
Farm Manager Melony Edwards sat down with Food Tank to discuss food system challenges such as racial disparities in land access and unequal crop subsidies.
Food, Business, and Sustainability: An Intersection Revolutionizing the Food System
Kristen Rainey works to fight food waste and promote plant-based diets at Google. She spoke with Food Tank about the biggest problems she sees in today’s food system, and discussed innovative solutions to these challenges.
Family Farms and Food System Transparency for Change
Roger Johnson tells the importance of supporting family farms and encouraging a more transparent food system to spark consumer engagement. He will be speaking at the Washington D.C. Food Tank Summit in February.
How Food Policy Could Be Shaped by the Trump Administration
President Trump’s budget proposal cuts SNAP and farmers’ insurance, and he’s talked about rolling back federal regulations. Food Tank talked to experts to figure out what effect the Trump Administration might have on federal food policy.
Focus on Food: A Conversation with Congressman Dwight Evans
Congressman Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania details his work on food security in America and the importance of strong food policy both domestically and internationally in a conversation with Food Tank.
Harvard Law Report: Food Waste Reduction Ripe For 2018 Farm Bill
Harvard Law report states that Congress could prioritize the issue of food waste through the 2018 Farm Bill, and in turn minimize environmental impact of waste in landfills, create jobs, and redistribute unused food to the hungry.