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Why Food Policy Matters

There are few issues more important than the food we eat. Advocating for good food policies and electing food policy leaders are the best ways to get to the heart of many issues facing our food system today, including hunger, food safety and sustainable farming.

Pending Food Policies

Congress is considering many pieces of legislation that would make food healthier, safer, more affordable and better for you and the environment.

Animals and Antibiotics

H.R. 1284  Saving America’s Pollinators Act of 2015
Directs EPA to suspend registration of certain pesticides until they can be proven safe for bees, and to conduct research on the health of bees and bee mortality.

H.R. 1552 Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act of 2015 / S. 621 Preventing Antibiotic Resistance Act of 2015
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act so that applicants for approval of new animal drugs that are medically important to people would have to demonstrate that there is a reasonable certainty that non-therapeutic use will not cause harm to human health due to antimicrobial resistance.

Biofuels

H.R. 704 Renewable Fuel Standard Reform Act of 2015
Eliminates the Renewable Fuel Standard’s corn-based ethanol requirement, caps the ethanol blend amount into gas at 10%, and requires EPA to cap cellulosic biofuels levels at current production levels.

Food Safety & Sustainable Fisheries

H.R. 609 and S. 287 Safe Food Act of 2015
Transfers and consolidate authority for inspections, enforcement and labeling into a single food safety agency and provides the authority to require the recall of unsafe food.

S. 1332 Meat and Poultry Recall Notification Act of 2015
Gives USDA the authority to issue mandatory recall of contaminated meat and poultry products.

S. 190 Imported Seafood Safety Standards Act
Authorizes FDA program for inspection of imported seafood, and amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the importation of any seafood from a foreign country unless the country complies with U.S. standards for seafood manufacturing, processing, and holding.

H.R. 3282 Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2015
Expands seafood traceability, authorizes import refusal for mislabeled seafood, and directs interagency coordination to prevent and track seafood fraud.

H.R. 774 and S. 1334  Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015
Strengthens enforcement mechanisms and communication with other governments to prevent illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing.

 

Food Labeling

H.R. 913 and  S. 511 Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act
Amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to prohibit the sale of food that has been genetically engineered or contains genetically engineered ingredients, unless that information is clearly disclosed.

S. 738  Genetically Engineered Salmon Risk Reduction Act
Requires labeling for genetically engineered salmon and salmon products. Also requires an environmental impact assessment of genetically engineered salmon on wild species before any genetically engineered salmon product can be approved for human consumption by FDA.

Child Nutrition

H.R. 1061 and  S. 569 Farm to School Act of 2015
Increases annual mandatory Farm to School funding from $5 million to $15 million and increases the maximum grant award to $200,000. Expands the program scope to include pre-schools, summer food service programs, and after-school programs. Creates incentives for beginning, veteran and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers to participate in the program.

H.R. 1728 and S. 613 Summer Meals Act of 2015
Expands eligibility for summer food service, increases the number of reimbursable meals, and establishes a competitive grant program for solutions to limited transportation to congregate summer food sites.

S. 1966 Hunger Free Summer for Kids Act of 2015
Establishes summer EBT or off-site consumption program as alternatives for children who are underserved by the current program.

H.R. 2715 and  S. 1539 Stop Child Summer Hunger Act of 2015
Establishes a permanent, nationwide summer electronic benefits transfer for households whose children are eligible for the free and reduced price school meal program during the school year.

H.R. 2627 Salad Bars in Schools Expansion Act
Requires USDA to establish and implement a plan to increase the use of salad bars in schools, including through a competitive grant program.

H.R. 3316 and S. 540 School Food Modernization Act
Authorizes USDA loan guarantee program for school kitchen infrastructure improvements, and authorizes targeted grants for infrastructure and training and technical assistance.

S. 1833 Access to Healthy Food for Young Children Act of 2015
Increases funding and streamlines paperwork for the Child and Adult Care Food Program.

H.R. 2660 and S. 1796 Wise Investment in our Children Act
Allow for increase in the age of child eligibility for the Women, Infants and Children supplemental nutrition program.

Food Justice and Healthy Family

H.R. 3164 and S. 1832 Pay Workers A Living Wage Act
Raises the minimum wage to $15 per hour for most workers by 2020, and provides a formula for an annual increase after that.

H.R. 2590 Young Farmer Success Act of 2015
Includes certain individuals who work on farms or ranches as individuals who are employed in public service jobs for purposes of eligibility for loan forgiveness under the Federal Direct Loan program.

H.R. 932 / S. 497  Healthy Families Act
Requires large employers to let employees earn at least 1 hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked. Smaller employers may opt out, but must provide at least 56 hours of sick leave annually to each employee.

International Food Aid

S. 1252 Global Food Security Act of 2015
Authorizes Feed the Future Initiative to address global food security and poverty through 2020.

S. 525 Food For Peace Reform Act of 2015
Transfers authority for the Food for Peace program from the Farm Bill into the Foreign Assistance Act, allows for non-US procurement of food when it is the cheaper option, and eliminates the requirement that organizations sell some of the food aid in that country’s market.

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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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