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Plate of the Union Episode 6 Release

Plate of the Union Episode 6 Release

By | July 23rd, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News |

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Episode 6 of Plate of the Union, FPA’s Food Policy Podcast, is out now! Titled “For the Love of Farming: A Roundtable with 5 Female Farmers”, the episode features hosts Chef Spike Mendelsohn and FPA Executive Director Monica Mills speaking with 5 women farmers about their experiences as small farmers today. Additionally, they discussed the…


Episode 6 of Plate of the Union, FPA's Food Policy Podcast, is out now! Titled "For the Love of Farming: A Roundtable with 5 Female Farmers", the episode f...

Episode 6 of Plate of the Union, FPA’s Food Policy Podcast, is out now! Titled “For the Love of Farming: A Roundtable with 5 Female Farmers”, the episode features hosts Chef Spike Mendelsohn and FPA Executive Director Monica Mills speaking with 5 women farmers about their experiences as small farmers today. Additionally, they discussed the current Farm Bill debate and why they came to D.C. to advocate for a better Farm Bill!

The episode can be found under the “Plate of the Union” header on our website or on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, Soundcloud, or Spotify.

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.


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

 

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