Food & Farm Policy
Slow Food USA believes in the power of a food chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All! It starts with our personal decisions about what food is on our plates and continues through advocating for federal, state, and local public policy that affects every aspect of the food chain, from farm to fork. By advocating for positive change in public policy, we can forge the political, social, environmental, and economic links to develop a sustainable and fair food chain. This policy page will help keep you informed about food and farm challenges, opportunities, and times to be heard by policy makers.
Time for a New Child Nutrition Reauthoriziation
Every five years or so, Congress and the President are supposed to reauthorize essential federal Child Nutrition programs that help provide healthy food and nutrition for more than 35,000,000 children and infants each year, including seven billion school meals! These programs are made possible by a piece of legislation called the Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR). The last CNR, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act, was passed in 2010. We are long overdue for a CNR that builds upon the successes of the HHFKA of 2010, and restores subsequent roll backs made by the last Congress and present Administration.
To help ensure that the Child Nutrition Reauthorization aligns with our beliefs, Slow Food USA Executive Director, Anna Mulé, sent a letter to key Congressional Leaders outlining our priorities for a CNR that supports more equitable access to good, healthful, nutritious, climate friendly food for more of our nation’s children.
In the letter we call upon Congress to:
- restore and strengthen HHFKA nutrition standards
- further expand children’s access to nutritious meals
- make federally sponsored meals more climate friendly
- increase child nutrition program equity and inclusion
You Can Help Now!
Call or email your Members of Congress; if they sponsored the markers, thank them. If they did not, ask them to sign on in support of a Good, Clean, and Fair CNR by sponsoring these bills. Find your Congress Members’ contact information: House reps and Senate reps.
And, this is easy, you personally can support the Farm-to-School Act and the Kids Eat Local Act by just signing this petition.
Although we know that policy and legislation can be daunting subjects, here at Slow Food USA we hope to make it as approachable as possible, so that you, our like-minded members and supporters, can also be agents of change during the coming months of Congressional discussion of the CNR. Here's the PDF of the full text of our letter to Congress.
In the upcoming months, we will be working to organize Call to Actions and use our vast network to help pass a CNR that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All, with Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at Every Link.
Farm Bill 2018 Has Passed!
Slow Food USA, along with many farmers, ranchers, eaters, and their advocates, are very gratified that the Senate and the House were able to get the Farm Bill passed before the end of 2018. SFUSA members and partners worked hard to ensure passage by heeding calls to action, connecting with their Representatives, and making their voices heard. All should be proud of their efforts advocating for passage of a Good, Clean, and Fair Farm Bill. Click here to read our blog for more details on the programs included in this Farm Bill.
- SFUSA 2018 Farm Bill Priorities
- Constituent Letter to 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee Members
- Native Farm Bill Coalition's Report: Regaining Our Future
- Native Farm Bill Coalition's 2018 Farm Bill Side-by-Side: Tribal Specific Provisions in the House and Senate Bills
- 2018 Slow Food Nations: Food Activism Beyond the Fork Pamphlet
- SFUSA Farm Bill Priorities Letter to Congress
- The Farm Bill-What You Can Do in 2018
- A Beginner's Guide to Federal Food and Farm Policy
- Why ‘Slow’ Food Policy Matters – The 2018 Farm Bill
- A 2018 Farm Bill that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All
- The Path Toward A Good, Clean, And Fair Farm Bill
Farm Bill Policy Maps
The following maps include details on Senators and House Representatives on the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. It also shows Slow Food USA Governors' contact information. If you live in a state or district with a Senator or House Representative on the Senate or House Agriculture Committee, your voice is especially important when the Farm Bill is being drafted. Each member of Congress eventually will vote on the Farm Bill, however, and that makes every member representing every state and district important!
Senate Agriculture Committee
House Agriculture Committee
Bristol Bay Alaska Salmon Fishery
Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershedis a pristine ecosystem that is home to the world's largest remaining wild salmon run. It provides habitat for 29 fish species, including all five species of Pacific salmon—sockeye, Chinook, coho, chum, and pink.
As you may know, climate change has directly impacted our oceans and watersheds, threatening fish species and fish habitat. Threats to Bristol Bay from mining include toxic waste production and acid mine drainage, which could lead to surface and groundwater contamination. The Bristol Bay watershed is also home to the Pebble deposit, a large underground body of mineral ore. And, the Pebble Limited Partnership, a project of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, hopes to mine for copper and gold there, in the heart of the Bristol Bay watershed.
Slow Food USA recently rallied up supporters to tell the EPA to save this unique, culturally and economically important fishery. Check out recent news for a copy of our letter.
Check out recent news on Bristol Bay:
Marine Policy Maps
The following maps include details on Senators and House Representatives on the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard, and the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. It also shows Slow Food USA Governors' contact information. These subcommittees exist within the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the House Committee on Natural Resources. If you live in a state or district with a Representative in one of these subcommittees, your voice is especially important when the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) is being drafted for reauthorization. The MSA is the primary marine federal law governing marine fisheries in our nation's federal waters; it was created to promote the conservation and management of U.S. fishery resources and to ensure sustainable domestic fisheries in federal waters. Like the Farm Bill, the MSA is reauthorized roughly every ten years. In the end, each member of Congress will vote on the MSA, however, and that makes every member representing every state and district important!
Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard
House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans
Slow Food USA 2018 Farm Bill Priorities are rooted in our belief in a Food Chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All and inspired by the work of like-minded and allied organizations including:
Letter Sign-Ons 2017/18
We can accomplish much more when we partner and support like-minded organizations. Our allies continually write letters and create calls to action that we are happy to support! Below is a list of allies whose letters on various policy priorities we have signed on to in the past year:
- Good Food for All Network (Public Charge Rule Opposition)
- Marine Fish Conservation Network (Magnuson-Stevens Act Reauthorization)
- Food Research Action Center (Federal Nutrition Programs)
- Center for Biological Diversity (Sec. of Interior Nomination)
- Good Food Communicators (Mega Mergers)
- Stop Corporate Abuse (Sec. of Labor Nomination)
- SBC Global (Sustainable Production)
- Food and Water Watch (EPA)
- Food Animal Concerns (Antibiotic Use)
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (Farm Bill, LAMP, etc.)
- The Humane Society (Confinement Legislation)
- Organization for Competitive Markets (Checkoff Program)
- March for Science (Indigenous Science)
- Food Futures Campaigners (Mergers)
- Businesses for Bristol Bay
- Friends of the Earth (Animal Protections)
- Endangered Species Coalition (Endangered Species Act)
- Food & Water Watch (Farm Bill)
- Getting Our Act Together (Rural Development)
- National Farmers Union (GIPSA)
- The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (Farm Bill)
- National Rural Housing Coalition (Rural Development)
- Food and Climate Coalition
- Center for Biological Diversity (Pesticide Requirements)
- The National Resources Defense Council (Antibiotic Use)
- National Wildlife Federation (Crop Insurance)
- Humane Society Legislative Fund