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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. 


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Farm Bill 2018, or Not?

Along with many farmers, ranchers, eaters, and their advocates, SFUSA hoped the 2014 Farm Bill, that sets US farm and food policy from field to fork, would be replaced before its September 30th 2018 expiration with a new 2018 Farm Bill that would be Good, Clean, and Fair for All. 

Unfortunately, Congress failed...it didn't happen and, worse, the old farm bill was allowed to lapse without a temporary extension, leaving a number of important programs supporting food chain equity, inclusion, and justice, local food, and conservation without funds and authority to operate. If there is good news, it's that SNAP is not affected by this lapse and that House and Senate Ag Committee Leaders are still negotiating their differences. To help move the process, we are advocating for passage of  a Good, Clean, and Fair Farm Bill this year! 

Check Our Present Farm Bill Archive:

 

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.


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Check out recent news on Bristol Bay:

Act Now to Preserve Bristol Bay, Alaska Salmon Fishery

 

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

 

Our Allies

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:

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

Food Research and Action Center

National Farm to School Network

National Young Farmers Coalition

American Farmland Trust (AFT)

National Association of Farmer's Market Nutrition Programs (NAFMNP)

Native Farm Bill Coalition

Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

Friends of the Earth

Farmworker Program, Cornell University

Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, School of Law, University of Arkansas

United Farm Workers (UFW)

National Farm Worker Ministry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


 

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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:

  • 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 
     
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