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Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

Weakening Child Nutrition Standards and Delaying Menu Labeling Requirements Drops the Ball on Food Policy Progress

By | May 2nd, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and…


FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Pol...

FPA tells Administration to stop giving in to corporate interests at the expense of America’s health

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 2, 2017)— Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from acting Executive Director Willy Ritch expressing disappointment at the lack of follow-through by the USDA and FDA on bipartisan commitments to nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements:

“It was very disappointing to learn yesterday that the Administration is dragging its feet on child nutrition standards and menu labeling requirements. The USDA and FDA completely dropped the ball with these decisions. We understand needing flexibility, but these decisions roll back progress on nutrition that have bipartisan support. Kids need more healthy options and consumers need more transparency—not less healthy food and less transparency.

“Adding sugary milk, lowering whole grain nutrition standards and putting more sodium back on lunch trays in our schools is a big step backwards. And the FDA’s delay in menu labeling improvements puts corporate interests ahead of consumers and keeps consumers in the dark about the calories and ingredients in their food.

“These two decisions are concerning. We urge the Administration to stop giving into corporate interest at the expense of America’s health, and we ask Congress to stand up to help us prevent more rollbacks by the Administration on healthy food access.”

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

Food Policy Action Statement on Confirmation of USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue

By | May 1st, 2017 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary: “We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made…


Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Dir...

Statement by FPA Executive Director Willy Ritch

WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Food Policy Action (FPA) issued the following statement from its Executive Director Willy Ritch on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as USDA Secretary:

“We are pleased that a USDA Secretary has finally been confirmed today. We listened carefully to the promises Secretary Purdue made during his confirmation hearings and we hope he lives up to those commitments. The food movement is more important than ever, and FPA is going to keep pushing to improve policy and arm the public with information they need to hold policymakers, including the USDA, accountable. We congratulate Secretary Purdue on his confirmation and look forward to working with him to protect and improve important food and farming programs.”

Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

Award-Winning Chefs Come to D.C., Urge Congress to Create Smarter Food Policy

By | April 27th, 2017 | Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top…


Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern ...

Plate of the Union kicks off healthy food and clean water campaign, bringing over 30 chefs – including Tom Colicchio, José Andrés and Andrew Zimmern – to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON – Plate of the Union, a campaign to shift federal food policy to better serve all Americans, kicked off today with more than 30 top U.S. chefs convening on Capitol Hill to promote nutrition programs, clean drinking water and other environmental protections, consumer transparency, and standards that improve food safety and accessibility.

Food Policy Action Education Fund and the Environmental Working Group sponsored the kickoff of the campaign. Chef and food advocate Tom Colicchio, co-founder of FPA-EF, hosted the top chefs for a Plate of the Union farm bill summit and advocacy day on Capitol Hill.

The campaign is focused on raising awareness among lawmakers and consumers to promote a smarter approach to food policy ahead of the next farm bill, which Congress will begin debating in the coming months.

“For too many Americans, access to affordable, healthy and safe food is out of reach,” Colicchio said. “And it’s because Washington has been implementing backwards food and farming policy for decades. We are here to say enough is enough.”

Ken Cook, president of EWG and co-chair of FPA-EF, said consumers – not just Congress and agribusiness lobbyists – should have a voice in federal food policy.

“The nearly $1 trillion farm bill is really a food bill, profoundly affecting any American who eats, which means everyone,” said Cook. “We want our tax dollars spent to feed hungry kids safe, healthy and affordable food. We want everyone to have access to clean drinking water. And we want more local organic foods grown without unnecessary antibiotics and harmful fertilizers and pesticides.”

“This campaign is about protecting our basic right to healthy food, programs that will help end hunger in America, vital nutrition programs like SNAP, funding for healthy fruits and vegetables, and protecting the environment and our economy,” said José Andrés, an award-winning Washington chef.

“Ensure good, healthy, affordable and safe food for all Americans. It is that simple,” said chef Andrew Zimmern. “It is a right we should all be fighting for.”

The Plate of the Union campaign believes food and farm policies should fight hunger and food insecurity, revitalize land and reduce food waste, grow more organic food, and invest in clean water and healthy animals. These pillars stand up for healthy food, farms, families and communities.

Over the next year, the campaign will be back in Washington to make sure Congress gets the message that it’s time to make big changes to America’s food system that benefit consumers and the environment.

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

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Its mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment.

Scores for the members of the Senate and House agriculture committees

Scores for the members of the Senate and House agriculture committees

By | January 25th, 2017 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |


Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member’s Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard. Members without scores are new to the 115th Congress and will be scored by FPA in the coming year. You can also view subcommittee membership here: Senate agriculture subcommittees, House agriculture…


Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member's Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard....

Below are the members of the House and Senate agriculture committees, including each member’s Food Policy Action score from the 2016 Food Policy Scorecard. Members without scores are new to the 115th Congress and will be scored by FPA in the coming year. You can also view subcommittee membership here: Senate agriculture subcommittees, House agriculture subcommittees, Senate appropriations agriculture subcommittee, and House appropriations agriculture subcommittee.

Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, & Forestry Members

Name State Party FPA Score
Michael Bennet CO D 70%
John Boozman AR R 33%
Sherrod Brown OH D 91%
Robert Casey PA D 87%
Thad Cochran MS R 50%
Steve Daines MT R 30%
Joe Donnelly IN D 60%
Joni Ernst IA R 30%
Kirsten Gillibrand NY D 100%
Chuck Grassley IA R 30%
Heidi Heitkamp ND D 50%
John Hoeven ND R 36%
Amy Klobuchar MN D 67%
Patrick Leahy VT D 92%
Mitch McConnell KY R 50%
David Perdue GA R 50%
Pat Roberts KS R 40%
Jeff Sessions AL R 60%
Debbie Stabenow MI D 90%
John Thune SD R 40%
Chris Van Hollen MD D 100%

 

House Committee on Agriculture Members

Name District Party FPA Score
Ralph Abraham LA-05 R 18%
Alma Adams NC-12 D 90%%
Rick Allen GA-12 R 19%
Jody Arrington TX-19 R NA
Don Bacon NE-02 R NA
Lisa Blunt Rochester DE-AL D NA
Mike Bost IL-12 R 14%
Cheri Bustos IL-17 D 69%
James Comer KY-01 R NA
Mike Conaway TX-11 R 25%
Jim Costa CA-16 D 50%
Rick Crawford AR-01 R 31%
Rodney Davis IL-13 R 33%
Jeff Denham CA-10 R 24%
Scott DesJarlais TN-04 R 20%
Neal Dunn FL-02 R NA
Dwight Evans PA-02 R NA
John Faso NY-18 R NA
Marcia Fudge OH-11 D 92%
Bob Gibbs OH-07 R 18%
Bob Goodlatte VA-06 R 25%
Vicky Hartzler MO-04 R 24%
Trent Kelly MS-01 R 27%
Steve King IA-04 R 27%
Ann Kuster NH-02 D 96%
Doug LaMalfa CA-01 R 24%
Al Lawson FL-05 D NA
Frank Lucas OK-03 R 25%
Michelle Lujan Grisham NM-01 D 95%
Sean Patrick Maloney NY-18 D 86%
Roger Marshall KS-01 R NA
Jim McGovern MA-02 D 100%
Rick Nolan MN-08 D 94%
Tom O’Halleran AZ-01 D NA
Jimmy Panetta CA-20 D NA
Collin Peterson MN-07 D 41%
Stacey Plaskett V.I. – AL D 100%
Mike Rogers AL-03 R 25%
David Rouzer NC-07 R 19%
David Scott GA-13 D 65%
Austin Scott GA-08 R 18%
Darren Soro FL-09 D NA
Glenn Thompson PA-05 R 94%
Filemon Vela TX-34 D 71%
Tim Walz MN-01 D 67%
Ted Yoho FL-03 R 19%

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Our mission is to highlight the importance of food policy and to promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, protect and maintain sustainable fisheries, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production. Food Policy Action promotes positive policies through education and publication of the National Food Policy Scorecard.

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