Posted on Fri, May 18, 2012 by Slow Food USA
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If you could radically change the food we grow and eat in this country, would you? Would you ensure all children, elders, and adults had enough nutritious food to eat? Would you make it easier for young people, women, and folks of color to start their own small farms? Would you stop funding the devastating mess created by factory farming?
Well, you can.
The Food and Farm Bill is the single biggest piece of legislation that governs what we grow and eat in this country and how it is distributed. The Bill touches every single person’s life in this country. Every farmer, parent, cook, eater, student, activist—every single person in this country is impacted by the policies enshrined in the Bill and we only one chance every five years to influence it.
Both chambers of Congress are drafting their own versions of a new Bill. The Senate is has a solid draft that is awaiting a floor vote but the House is still gathering feedback from producers and consumers before they sit down to write their version. They are taking comments until this Sunday, May 20th.
Industrial agriculture lobbyists aren’t the only ones with food and farming priorities. We have them too, and we want Congress to know what they are. Maybe when they are locked away in a windowless conference room with styrofoam take-out containers from fast food chains, they will consider the needs of the father worried about what his son is eating in the school cafeteria or the woman who wants to convert her farm to organic.
Submit your comment to the House by Sunday and make sure that our movement is present in that conference room when they finally draft a new version of the Food and Farm Bill. Write your own message or copy and past ours below. The future of food and farming depends on it:
Food and Farm Bill Message
As the committee considers the 2012 Food and Farm Bill, I urge you to:
To learn more, please visit the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s blog.