Farm Bill 2018The 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 a PDF of the full text of our letter to Congress.
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Bristol Bay Alaska Salmon FisherySouthwest 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.