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Five Ways that the Next Supreme Court Justice Could Affect the Food on your Plate

Five Ways that the Next Supreme Court Justice Could Affect the Food on your Plate

By | July 18th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News |

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Everyone knows that the Supreme Court vacancy is an important political issue – but how critical are SCOTUS decisions to food policy? Here are five major ways that the next Supreme Court pick could affect the food on your plate: GMOs: The fight to get clear GMO labels on all foods continues to be muddled…


Everyone knows that the Supreme Court vacancy is an important political issue – but how critical are SCOTUS decisions to food policy? Here are five ma...

Everyone knows that the Supreme Court vacancy is an important political issue – but how critical are SCOTUS decisions to food policy?

Here are five major ways that the next Supreme Court pick could affect the food on your plate:

  1. GMOs: The fight to get clear GMO labels on all foods continues to be muddled by new, poorly written regulations from the USDA. We need better labeling requirements and a court that is sympathetic towards the victims of big ag firms like Monsanto, who peddle GMOs. Several GMO cases have made it all the way to the Supreme Court, resulting in some successes and some failures for anti-GMO advocates. If the next Supreme Court Justice is pro-big business and pro-big ag, they could swing the balance against consumer protections.
  1. Honest Labels: Major food corporations get away with lies on packaging every day. The Supreme Court has been a strong ally of transparency advocates, famously finding in 2014 that Coca-Cola’s Pomegranate Juice labels were misleading. If the court continues to prioritize big-business profits over clear information to consumers, everyone loses.
  1. Worker Rights: Farm and foodservice workers face some of the harshest labor conditions in the United States. The Supreme Court recently upheld the ability of corporations to require individual arbitration, restricting the right of workers to effectively stop violations from wage theft to sexual harassment. Future cases could include agricultural workers rights to collectively bargain and the so-called “No-Poach” agreements that suppress foodservice worker wages.
  1. Targeted Advertising: Supreme Court litigation has been crucial in protecting consumers not only from misleading claims on labels, but from advertising that contributes to diet-related diseases. Now, as more information comes out about how companies intentionally target minority communities and SNAP (food stamp) users with dishonest and distasteful advertising, a strongly pro-transparency court is crucial.
  1. Corporate Consolidation: The Supreme Court plays an important role in protecting consumers from the harmful effects of monopolies. The Court has a history of being asked to resolve disputes on issues like meat packing mergers – and this will only get more important, considering that the top four meatpacking companies control almost all of the market in the U.S. As big ag continues to expand (degrading biodiversity and imposing higher costs on small family farmers), you can expect more and more cases to reach the Supreme Court.

 

Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Food Policy Action Release Weekly Podcast

Celebrity Chef Spike Mendelsohn and Food Policy Action Release Weekly Podcast

By | July 9th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Nischan and Arcadia Farms Executive Director Pamela Hess featured in this week’s episode discussing food as medicine Today, renowned chef and television personality Spike Mendelsohn, in partnership with Food Policy Action, released the fourth episode of Plate of the Union — a new podcast that helps connect the dots between…


James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Nischan and Arcadia Farms Executive Director Pamela Hess featured in this week’s episode discussing food as medicin...

James Beard Award-winning Chef Michel Nischan and Arcadia Farms Executive Director Pamela Hess featured in this week’s episode discussing food as medicine

Today, renowned chef and television personality Spike Mendelsohn, in partnership with Food Policy Action, released the fourth episode of Plate of the Union — a new podcast that helps connect the dots between what politicians cook up in Congress and what we cook up at home.

“All across America, we look to our representatives in Congress to govern and make difficult decisions. Many of those decisions, whether we realize it or not, make a real difference when it comes to the food we’re consuming,” says host Spike Mendelsohn. “Through Plate of the Union, we’re exploring hunger, nutrition, food deserts, humanitarian food aid, urban farming, you name it. We’ll answer questions like, why does a tomato cost more than a package of cookies at a gas station? How come we still have food and agriculture laws from the 1930’s? And lastly, who are the political power-players affecting these critical issues? We will cover all of the fun, serious, and crazy things you never knew you needed to know about food and our food system.”

“Many things can divide us, but food has the unique power to bring people together, to bridge divides, to spark conversations – and to change the world,” says José Andrés. “I was honored to join Food Policy Action and my friend Spike for this project to talk about the issues that touch our lives in so many ways, and I think we both agree that food can be and should be a bipartisan issue.”

Subscribe and listen to the latest episodes on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Google Play. See more about the podcast’s upcoming episodes on the Plate of the Union page

 

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

Food Policy Action Education Fund Condemns the Passage of the House Farm Bill

By | June 21st, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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For Immediate Release Media Contact: Monica Mills 202-365-6696 monica@foodpolicyaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director…


For Immediate Release Media Contact: Monica Mills 202-365-6696 monica@foodpolicyaction.org WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives pa...

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Monica Mills
202-365-6696
monica@foodpolicyaction.org

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the House of Representatives passed its version of the Farm Bill (H.R. 2) by only two votes. “This bill, from its inception through today’s passage, has been a hot mess for everyone except big-ag farm operations,” said Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills. “The bill that passed today cuts SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, the protections that ensure poisons are kept out of the food on our plates, and funding for local and regional farm programs. House members made these cuts to create additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers. This is just plain wrong.”

Mills added, “We are now saddled with a bill that will take food out of the mouths of hungry children and pour billions of taxpayer dollars into the overflowing bank accounts of big-ag farm operations. This is unconscionable. We look now to the Senate for a common-sense farm bill that balances the needs of all Americans.”

Food Policy Action will include this vote in its seventh annual Food Policy Action Scorecard available in October 2018.

Food Policy Action Education Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization that is a separate sister organization of Food Policy Action. The mission of FPA-EF is to provide a platform for public education and engagement on the impacts of federal policy on the food system.

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Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

Food Policy Action Education Fund Calls on Senate Agriculture Committee to Protect Anti-Hunger Assistance, Bolster Conservation Funding, Support Local Food Programs

By | June 12th, 2018 | Press Releases, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families. “The farm bill is really a food bill for…


WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) ur...

WASHINGTON – Ahead of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s markup of its version of the farm bill tomorrow, Food Policy Action-Education Fund (FPA-EF) urged members of the panel to protect the vital nutrition program that helps more than 40 million struggling Americans feed themselves and their families.

“The farm bill is really a food bill for millions of hardworking Americans who struggle to have enough food to put on the table for themselves and their children,” said FPA-EF Executive Director Monica Mills. “Members of the Senate Agriculture Committee have worked in a bipartisan fashion to provide program integrity and offer common-sense employee training programs, including public-private partnership opportunities. We are watching to make sure the committee continues to protect access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that helps roughly one in four children in the U.S. get enough to eat.”

FPA-EF’s priorities for the 2018 Farm Bill – in addition to protecting the nutrition assistance title from cuts or additional onerous work requirements – includes shielding conservation programs from further cuts in funding, and bolstering local food and farming initiatives.

“Pollution from agricultural runoff is the leading cause of water contamination coming out of the faucets of rural American homes,” Mills said. “We want the Senate to use this opportunity to help farmers become better stewards of the land by strengthening the bill’s conservation programs.”

The House version of the farm bill failed to garner enough votes to pass last month. It sought to remove roughly 2 million Americans from SNAP, cut nearly $1 billion from conservation programs, and zero out funding for local farmers market initiatives and programs to help farmers transition to organic.

“The House farm bill was unconscionable—it would have given more loopholes to Big Ag operations at the expense of hungry children. Now, the Senate has the opportunity to benefit all Americans, not just corporate farm operations,” Mills added. “The interests of hungry people, all of us who demand clean water, and family farmers should be the Senate’s top priorities as it begins to markup the bill.”

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