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PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

By | December 11th, 2018 | FPA Blogs & News, Press Releases, Press Releases - Food Policy Action |


Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills released the following statement on the 2018 Farm Bill:

“The conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill have come together to deliver a bipartisan bill. Great work was done across the aisle—especially by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07)—as they and other leaders pushed back on the mean-spirited work requirements in the House version, protected most environmental programs, and permanently funded Local Agriculture Market Programs and other programs for beginning farmers, organic farmers, and certain Tribal provisions.”


For Immediate release: December 11, 2018 CONTACT: Monica Mills, 202-365-6696   PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL Food Policy Action is Satisfied...

For Immediate release: December 11, 2018
CONTACT: Monica Mills, 202-365-6696

 

PRESS STATEMENT ON 2018 FARM BILL

Food Policy Action is Satisfied with Final Bill Out of Conference Committee

WASHINGTON – Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills released the following statement on the 2018 Farm Bill:

“The conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill have come together to deliver a bipartisan bill. Great work was done across the aisle—especially by Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN-07)—as they and other leaders pushed back on the mean-spirited work requirements in the House version, protected most environmental programs, and permanently funded Local Agriculture Market Programs and other programs for beginning farmers, organic farmers, and certain Tribal provisions. These are big steps. Some really awful riders were eliminated in conference. Unfortunately, however, in Title I, commodity payments remain skewed to the largest and wealthiest farmers.

“In our analysis of six years of votes by House members, An Eater’s Guide to Congress, the data is clear that issues around food have become even more partisan than ever before. There has been a systematic strategy in the House to oppose policies that might create a more balanced food system. These strategies were not acceptable to us and we’re really happy they weren’t acceptable to the conferees.

“The Farm Bill should really be called the Food Bill because it affects everything that gets to our plates. It should provide healthy, safe, affordable food for everyone ensuring that healthy food is not a luxury. A tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies at a convenience store—as it does today. We’re not there yet. Strong, bipartisan efforts went into this final version to protect hungry families, preserve our environment, and strengthen local food programs. While not ideal, these all make for a farm bill that makes great strides forward.”

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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

FPA Urges Congress to Pass Farm Bill That Helps ‘Provide Healthy, Safe, Affordable Food for Everyone.’

FPA Urges Congress to Pass Farm Bill That Helps ‘Provide Healthy, Safe, Affordable Food for Everyone.’

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

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WASHINGTON – Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills moderated a press conference today featuring representatives from leading food, farm and environmental organizations, all urging Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill that will benefit farmers, families, public health and the environment. In addition to FPA, the other organizations that participated in the event included Food Research and Action Center, Environmental Working Group, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.


WASHINGTON – Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills moderated a press conference today featuring representatives from leading food, farm and ...

WASHINGTON – Food Policy Action Executive Director Monica Mills moderated a press conference today featuring representatives from leading food, farm and environmental organizations, all urging Congress to pass a bipartisan farm bill that will benefit farmers, families, public health and the environment.

In addition to FPA, the other organizations that participated in the event included Food Research and Action Center, Environmental Working Group, Union of Concerned Scientists, Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.

Below are Mills’ complete remarks she delivered to kick off the event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Good morning. I’m Monica Mills, Executive Director of Food Policy Action. The groups here represent millions of Americans who support a farm bill that protects our families, helps our farmers, and promotes public health and a healthy environment.

This morning we have come together to emphasize how important it is to move the 2018 Farm Bill forward this year. But we’re not talking about just any Farm Bill for 2018—we want to see a farm bill that is GOOD for the Americans we represent.

Food Policy Action supports the efforts going on right now to get to a version that is as close to the Senate bill as possible. FPA will not support movements to include compromises that go back to the House version. To FPA, no farm bill is better than a bad farm bill.

As you know, the House bill passed by just two votes in a strictly partisan manner with no Democrats supporting the bill at all. From its inception through its passage, the House farm bill was a hot mess. It cut SNAP benefits for hungry families and children, it cut protections to ensure poison is kept out of the food on our plates, and it cut funding for local and regional farm programs. All to pay for additional loopholes for wealthy corporate farmers.

In our recent analysis of six years of votes by House members, the data shows that issues around food have become even more partisan than ever before. And, this is not a one-year fluke. The record shows a systematic strategy that opposes policies to create a more balanced food system.

On the other side of the Capitol, the Senate bill passed with 86 votes in a bipartisan fashion. This version protects hungry families and children, leaves intact critical conservation programs, and makes funding permanent for Local Agriculture Market Programs. The Senate Agriculture Committee worked to provide integrity for SNAP along with common-sense employee training programs, including public-private partnership opportunities. We applaud those efforts.

The Farm Bill should really be called the Food Bill because it affects everything that makes its way to our plates. It should provide healthy, safe, affordable food for everyone. And, it should ensure that healthy food is not a luxury. A tomato should not cost more than a package of cookies at a convenience store. But today it does.

For Food Policy Action, the bottom line is that we support a farm bill that is closer to the Senate version and we’d like to see it happen yet this year.

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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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