January 20, 2016 MEDIA AVAILABILITY Media Contacts: Ja-Rei Wang, Union of Concerned Scientists, firstname.lastname@example.org, 202-331-6943 Claire Benjamin DiMattina, Food Policy Action, email@example.com, 202-631-6362 “Plate of the Union” Campaign in Des Moines Jan 21st to Meet with Presidential Campaigns Mark Bittman, Former New York Times Columnist, National Non-Profits, and Community Groups Call on Presidential Candidates to…
January 20, 2016
Mark Bittman, former New York Times columnist, and Ricardo Salvador, director of the Food and Environment program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, will be in Des Moines on January 21 to meet with the staff of presidential campaigns ahead of the Iowa caucuses on behalf of a growing coalition of community groups, farmers, parents and scientists.
The group is calling on the candidates to reform the U.S. food system so that every American has equal access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to workers, good for the environment and keeps farmers on the land.
Current federal policy supports the production of commodity crops, such as corn and soybeans that are used to produce processed junk food. Unhealthy eating leads to numerous diet related diseases, including type-2 diabetes and heart disease, costing tax-payers billions of dollars each year in health care costs. This out of balance system should instead encourage the production of healthy fruits and vegetables.
The group is mobilizing scientists, farmers, chefs, students, parents and good food advocates to engage presidential candidates in the coming months.
Bittman and Salvador will be meeting with community groups and available to talk to reporters from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. by appointment and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at HoQ restaurant, located at 303 E 5th St., Des Moines, IA 50309.
Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign organized by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found at www.plateoftheunion.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, January 19, 2016 Contact: Claire Benjamin DiMatttina (202) 631-6362 firstname.lastname@example.org Food Policy Action Applauds Bi-Partisan Senate Agreement on Child Nutrition Chef and FPA co-founder Tom Colicchio’s Statement WASHINGTON, DC — Today the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee released a bi-partisan bill that would reauthorize child nutrition programs, including the national…
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Contact: Claire Benjamin DiMatttina
WASHINGTON, DC — Today the Senate Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee released a bi-partisan bill that would reauthorize child nutrition programs, including the national school lunch and breakfast programs, for five years.
“This bill, while not perfect, is a huge step in the right direction. It was no easy feat for Senators Roberts and Stabenow to produce a bi-partisan compromise bill that protects the progress we made on nutrition standards in 2010,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder and food advocate. “After years of talking about giving schools the tools they need to succeed, I’m thrilled that this bill makes important investments in school kitchen equipment, farm to school programs, and additional food for children in child care for more than 9 hours a day. I hope we see the Senate and House take this bill up quickly.”
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Press Contacts: Claire Benjamin DiMattina Food Policy Action Education Fund email@example.com Ja-Rei Wang Union of Concerned Scientists firstname.lastname@example.org Navina Khanna HEAL Food Alliance email@example.com Plate of the Union Stresses Importance of Good Food Policy to Presidential Hopefuls Washington, DC (December 16, 2015) — Plate of the Union sent a letter to Republican…
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Claire Benjamin DiMattina
Food Policy Action Education Fund
Union of Concerned Scientists
HEAL Food Alliance
Washington, DC (December 16, 2015) — Plate of the Union sent a letter to Republican and Democratic presidential candidates today sharing recent bi-partisan polling on food policy and requesting a meeting to discuss the urgent need for comprehensive food system reform.
The Plate of the Union campaign is seeking to educate the candidates on the perils of the U.S. food system, and the need for systematic reform.
“The next president has the opportunity to strengthen America’s families by taking action to fix the food system,” said Navina Khanna, director of the HEAL Food Alliance, “The truth is, the bi-partisan majority of Americans want equal access to healthy, affordable food, and they want to see political leadership on these issues.”
Plate of the Union is a collaborative campaign driven by Food Policy Action, Food Policy Action Education Fund, the Union of Concerned Scientists, and the HEAL Food Alliance to raise the voice of Americans who care about food and farm issues during this election season. More can be found at www.plateoftheunion.com
Full Text of Letter:
America’s food system is out of balance.
For decades, agriculture and food policies have created a food system that serves the interests of a select few at the expense of millions of hard-working families across the country. Current policy puts profits before our health and continues subsidies that help keep junk food cheap and drive up the rate of chronic, diet related diseases, effectively forcing taxpayers to pay twice: first to support the production of unhealthy food, and then for the related health and environmental costs.
The goal of this country’s food system should be to produce healthy, affordable food that is accessible for all Americans, that protects our health, workers, environment and keeps local farmers farming and on their land. Voters want the next President to take bold steps to fix our food system.
Earlier this year, the HEAL Food Alliance, Union of Concerned Scientists, Food Policy Action and Food Policy Action Education Fund launched Plate of the Union, a grassroots campaign, giving a voice to the millions of Americans who want to see significant food system reform.
We have a unique opportunity to save taxpayers billions of dollars, significantly improve public health, safeguard our natural resources, and provide a more equitable food system for all Americans.
Americans across party lines agree that our food system needs to change.
Plate of the Union recently unveiled new polling, conducted by bi-partisan teams at Lake Research Partners and Bellwether Strategies that makes a compelling case for the next President to offer a comprehensive approach to fix our food and farm policy.
The polling results are clear: an overwhelming bipartisan majority of Americans believe our antiquated food system should be reformed to protect workers, our environment, and ensure access for all to affordable, healthy food. A detailed memo outlining the findings is included with this letter. Among the highlights:
Broken Federal Policies – 81% of voters are very or somewhat concerned that the Federal government recommends a diet of 50 percent fruits and vegetables while a fraction of farm subsidies go toward fruit and vegetable production.
We strongly encourage you to test these messages through your own, ongoing campaign research.
Your campaign is fighting to build an economy for tomorrow and strengthen America’s families. The next president can make huge strides in this direction by taking action to fix our food system. If elected President, we urge you to listen to a bipartisan majority of Americans by coming forward with a winning plan that stands up for working families and makes a commitment to healthy communities where all Americans have equal access to healthy, affordable food.
As leadership from Plate of the Union, we request a meeting with you and your advisors to discuss the urgent need for comprehensive food system reform and what steps you can propose to achieve a better food system for all Americans. To schedule a meeting, please contact: Mike Lavender; firstname.lastname@example.org/202-331-5425.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Ricardo Salvador Claire Benjamin DiMattina Navina Khanna
Union of Concerned Scientists Food Policy Action Education Fund HEAL Food Alliance
Good Food Advocate and Food Policy Action co-founder calls food waste a “huge issue” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contact: Claire Benjamin DiMattina email@example.com 202-631-6362 Monday, December 7, 2015 Washington, DC – Tom Colicchio, chef-restaurateur and Food Policy Action co-founder, praised a bill introduced today by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME). The Food Recovery Act aims to reduce food waste…
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Monday, December 7, 2015
Washington, DC – Tom Colicchio, chef-restaurateur and Food Policy Action co-founder, praised a bill introduced today by Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME). The Food Recovery Act aims to reduce food waste by retailers, producers, and consumers, as well as clarify sell-by and expiration dates. The bill also includes methods for diverting high-quality food that would otherwise be wasted to food pantries and soup kitchens.
“Wasting food is bad for the economy, bad for the environment and bad for Americans who are struggling to afford healthy food to feed their families. Congresswoman Pingree is a national leader on sustainable food and farming and I’m glad she’s taking on this huge issue of wasted food,” said Tom Colicchio, FPA co-founder and good food advocate.
Food Policy Action was established in 2012 through a collaboration of national food policy leaders in order to hold legislators accountable for votes that impact the food system. FPA release a National Food Policy Scorecard. More information can be found at www.foodpolicyaction.org.