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.
Farm Bill 2018
The farm bill, one of the most important pieces of federal legislation, sets US farm and food policy from field to fork; from what food is produced how and by whom to its broad impact, including on the environment and in equitable access. To help ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill aligns with our beliefs, Slow Food USA Executive Director, Richard McCarthy, and Slow Food State Governors sent a letter to key Congressional Leaders outlining our priorities for a Farm Bill that supports a Food Chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All. Look here for our current farm bill priorities.
Check Our Present Farm Bill Archive:
- Constituent Letter to 2018 Farm Bill Conference Committee Members
- 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:
- Food Research Action Center
- Center for Biological Diversity
- Good Food Communicators
- Stop Corporate Abuse
- SBC Global
- Food and Water Watch
- Food Animal Concerns
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
- The Humane Society
- Organization for Competitive Markets
- March for Science
- Food Futures Campaigners
- Businesses for Bristol Bay
- Friends of the Earth
- Endangered Species Coalition
- Food & Water Watch
- Getting Our Act Together
- National Farmers Union
- The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act
- National Rural Housing Coalition
- Food and Climate Coalition
- Center for Biological Diversity
- The National Resources Defense Council
- National Wildlife Federation
- Humane Society Legislative Fund