As I always say, the Internet is like a box of chocolates, (organic hopefully) you never know what you’re going to get. This week I was asked to participate in a New York Times: Room for Debate forum about “How to Improve the Farm Bill”.
For "The Farm Bill, Beyond the Farm" debate, I submitted a piece titled, “We Need an Organic Farm Bill”. As the head of a grassroots organization based in Iowa that advocates for family farms and sustainable agriculture, I felt it important to convey the urgent message that so many of us know and more Americans are learning everyday:
In order to meet the serious challenges of the 21st century, U.S. agricultural policy in the farm bill must shift from its focus of creating cheap commodities and artificially propping up income for farmers, toward implementing best agricultural practices for sustainable and organic production methods.
Please take a moment to read the rest of the short piece, which lays out a few policies to solve current problems posed by our nation’s overreliance on industrial chemical agriculture.
There are a number of excellent pieces by the fellow panel of experts, including the Environmental Working Group’s Craig Cox, National Farmers Union's Roger Johnson and the American Jewish World Service's Ruth Messinger, among others, each who share inspired views for reforming current agriculture policy. Please take a moment to read the important debate on our food system and share your thoughts at the New York Times: Room for Debate "The Farm Bill, Beyond the Farm"
Help Create Real Solutions; Support an Organic Farm Bill!
Right now the perennial debate in Washington DC about food and agriculture policy is once again picking up with the renewal of the Farm Bill and politicians are listening to lobbyists more than ever.
Last year you helped shut down the undemocratic Secret Farm Bill with more than 100,000 phone calls from Food Democracy Now! members across the country.
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If we want to build a world for our children that makes access to healthy food a reality, protects the environment and puts farmers first, then we have to put our ideas for change forward to those who serve us in Washington.
Sure, calling an Organic Farm Bill may sound bold, but on the ground in Iowa, where our rivers and streams are among the most polluted in the nation, we’re looking for a system of agriculture that mutually benefits farmers, our environment and the health of our children.
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Thank you for participating in food democracy,
Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team