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National Organizations Urge Congress to Support Bipartisan Compromise in Senate Farm Bill

National Organizations Urge Congress to Support Bipartisan Compromise in Senate Farm Bill

By | November 15th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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A broad array of national organizations today called on every member from both chambers of Congress to support the bipartisan compromise achieved in the Senate farm bill. In their letter, the groups urged the leadership of the House and Senate agriculture committees to make hungry families, family farmers and environmental protection the top priorities in the final farm bill.


‘Bill should help families in need, farmers and protect the environment’ A broad array of national organizations today called on every member from bot...

‘Bill should help families in need, farmers and protect the environment’

A broad array of national organizations today called on every member from both chambers of Congress to support the bipartisan compromise achieved in the Senate farm bill. In their letter, the groups urged the leadership of the House and Senate agriculture committees to make hungry families, family farmers and environmental protection the top priorities in the final farm bill.

“Our organizations urge Congress to pass a farm bill that helps put food on the table for families in need, supports all farmers, and protects the environment. The bipartisan Senate farm bill earned 86 votes, a historic level of support. Like the Senate bill, the final farm bill should strengthen anti-hunger, conservation, and local food programs, support the next generation of diverse farmers, tighten farm subsidy loopholes, and reject anti-environmental riders. To achieve these priorities, Congress must commit to finalizing a farm bill that reflects the bipartisan compromise achieved in the Senate farm bill.”

The following organizations signed on:

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Public Health Association
  • Americans for Democratic Action
  • Association of American Indian Farmers
  • Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
  • Bread for the World
  • Catholic Rural Life
  • Center for Law and Social Policy
  • Center for Science in the Public Interest
  • Certified Naturally Grown
  • E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)
  • Earthjustice
  • Endangered Species Coalition
  • Environmental Working Group
  • Fair Food Network
  • Feed the Children
  • First Focus Campaign for Children
  • FoodCorps
  • Food Policy Action
  • Food Research & Action Center
  • The Food Trust
  • Health Care Without Harm
  • Hunger Free America
  • Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
  • International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers (IFPTE)
  • Islamic Relief USA
  • Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
  • MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
  • MomsRising
  • National Black Farmers Association
  • National Center for Frontier Communities
  • National Consumers League
  • National Farm to School Network
  • National Farmers Market Coalition
  • National Parks Conservation Association
  • National Parent Teacher Association
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
  • National WIC Association
  • National Women’s Farming Association
  • Natural Resources Defense Council
  • NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice
  • Nutrition Policy Institute
  • 1000 Days
  • Organic Farming Research Foundation
  • Pesticide Action Network
  • PolicyLink
  • Public Health Institute
  • Reinvestment Fund
  • Rural Coalition
  • Save EPA
  • Sierra Club
  • Slow Food USA
  • Union of Concerned Scientists
  • United Food and Commercial Workers International Labor Union
  • Western Environmental Law Center
  • Western Organization of Resource Councils
  • WhyHunger
  • The Wilderness Society

Contact: Alex Formuzis: 202.667.6982 –  alex@ewg.org

Kansas and Texas Voters Support Hunger, Conservation, and Local Food Programs, Survey Shows

Kansas and Texas Voters Support Hunger, Conservation, and Local Food Programs, Survey Shows

By | November 13th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |

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The Farm to Fork Initiative presents key findings on farm and food programs by Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies.

WASHINGTON – More than 90 percent of Kansas and Texas voters favor programs that fight hunger, reduce farm pollution, and help create farmers’ markets, according to statewide surveys.

The survey by a leading Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, also found that more than 70 percent of Kansas and Texas voters support allowing local communities to adopt restrictions for toxic pesticides from being applied at playgrounds and parks.

Support for the hunger, conservation, and local food programs cuts across party lines, the survey shows.


The Farm to Fork Initiative presents key findings on farm and food programs by Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies. WASHINGTON - More than 9...

The Farm to Fork Initiative presents key findings on farm and food programs by Republican polling firm Public Opinion Strategies.

WASHINGTON – More than 90 percent of Kansas and Texas voters favor programs that fight hunger, reduce farm pollution, and help create farmers’ markets, according to statewide surveys.

The survey by a leading Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies, also found that more than 70 percent of Kansas and Texas voters support allowing local communities to adopt restrictions for toxic pesticides from being applied at playgrounds and parks.

Support for the hunger, conservation, and local food programs cuts across party lines, the survey shows.

Public Opinion Strategies conducted the online surveys of Kansas and Texas voters between November 3 and 6.

House and Senate negotiators are trying to finalize the 2018 Farm Bill for consideration during the lame duck session of Congress next month.

While the bipartisan Senate version of the farm bill supports hunger, conservation and local food programs, the partisan House version would weaken these programs. The House bill also includes anti-environmental pesticide riders. Among the riders in the bill is one that would block local ordinances throughout the country that restrict the use of pesticides on school grounds, and near playgrounds and public parks, among other locations.

The survey also found that nearly 90 percent of Kansas and Texas voters support limiting farm subsidies to family farmers who live and work on farms. The partisan House bill would extend farm subsidies to billionaires, as well as cousins, nieces and nephews of current farm subsidy recipients even if they do not work or live on the farm.

There is broad support among voters in both states for initiatives to help launch local farmers markets, as the survey results show.

For more information, please find more details on the poll results here.

The Farm To Fork Initiative brings together sustainability, hunger, health, equity, and nutrition advocates to enable and empower a collaborative effort to protect gains in federal Good Food policies. The Initiative is a convening point for advocates to work collaboratively, provides tactical resources in support of collaborative advocacy, and sponsors critical parts of our advocacy infrastructure that are often underfunded. This work enables the diverse food and agriculture community to approach upcoming policy debates united in their positions and to work toward shared goals in a way that has never been possible. The Initiative is a project of the Windward Fund, a 501(c)(3) designed specifically to advance pooled donor efforts focused on conservation and agriculture.

Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

Two Key House Members Targeted by Food Policy Action During Campaign Go Down in Defeat

By | November 7th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases - Food Policy Action, Press Releases - FPA Education Fund |

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Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.


Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it r...

Food Policy Action’s digital campaign targeting a slice of eligible voters with a powerful message about safe, healthy, affordable food and the ways it reaches our plates helped make the difference in two of the mostly closely watched Congressional races in the country.

In Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, Congressman Dave Brat (R) has an 8% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.  In California’s 25th Congressional District, Congressman Steve Knight (R) has a 32% lifetime score on Food Policy Action’s An Eater’s Guide to Congress Scorecard.

In these districts, Food Policy Action-Education Fund used social media to get out a message about Congressmen Brat’s and Knight’s poor records on how food gets to their families’ plates. FPA focused solely on a select group of low-turnout voters where we could make the most difference and then leveraged messages from FPA’s chef network highlighting their “Recipes for Voting” to these individuals, urging them to get to the polls and vote.

RESULT: Dave Brat was defeated by Abigail Spanberger by less than 1.5%.

RESULT: Steve Knight was defeated by Katie Hill by 2.5%.

Food Policy Action reached out to busy, low-information women voters through paid, targeted advertising on social media. We chose key districts where our message could make a difference and that no other organization’s message could persuade in the same way.

“The bottom line is that in this election, FPA was the right messenger to persuade and motivate these voters on the critical issues before Congress about how and who has access to healthy and affordable food – something many of these folks think about with every single meal,” said Monica Mills, Executive Director. “They needed the information we could provide – and validate – to become informed voters and get to the polls. Our elected leaders in Congress should take positions that bolster a safe, healthy, and accessible food system. And these voters helped deliver that important message by pushing out two of the worst bad actors in Congress on food policy.”

Polling information from Lake Research Partners indicated that messages around “healthy, safe, affordable food for all” can persuade low-propensity voters in suburban areas–especially unmarried, college-educated women, with or without children. These voters expect incumbents to vote for good food policies, and when they find out that their representatives have voted otherwise, they are rightfully angry.

VIDEOS:  Below are links to our “Recipe for Voting” videos taped by leaders within our chef network.

The Purge: A Real-Life Horror Movie for Voters

The Purge: A Real-Life Horror Movie for Voters

By | October 30th, 2018 | Blogs, FPA Blogs & News |

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No matter how you say it, the word “purge” doesn’t sound good — and for the millions of U.S. voters who have been secretly removed from the rolls, it’s even worse. Between 2014 and 2016, state elected officials removed nearly 16 million voters from their rolls for no good reason–often incorrectly marking voters as ineligible or dead without even telling them. If someone with your name (or one like yours) committed a felony, your Secretary of State may have purged your name! And you won’t know it until you show up at your polling place on Election Day and find out that you’re no longer registered.


No matter how you say it, the word “purge” doesn’t sound good — and for the millions of U.S. voters who have been secretly removed from the rolls...

No matter how you say it, the word “purge” doesn’t sound good — and for the millions of U.S. voters who have been secretly removed from the rolls, it’s even worse. Between 2014 and 2016, state elected officials removed nearly 16 million voters from their rolls for no good reason–often incorrectly marking voters as ineligible or dead without even telling them. If someone with your name (or one like yours) committed a felony, your Secretary of State may have purged your name! And you won’t know it until you show up at your polling place on Election Day and find out that you’re no longer registered.

We all know that mistakes happen when names are similar. But a new report from the Brennan Center for Justice investigated this disturbing trend. They found a dramatic increase in these kind of removals since the Supreme Court lifted a key clause of the 1965 Voting Rights Act for states with a history of racist voter suppression.

The Republican candidate for Georgia governor, Brian Kemp (who also happens to be GA’s Secretary of State), is holding back 53,000 newly registered Georgia voters because he claims their names were flagged by an automated system. 70 percent of the flagged voters are African-American, even though Georgia’s population as a whole is 30 percent African-American. Something isn’t right here.

Make sure you’re registered to vote. Find out here and let your friends and family know so that they can check too. Don’t risk showing up on Election Day and finding out you’re the victim of a purge! This election is too important to be a victim of this horror show.

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