Follow the Food and Farm Bill…and Act On It!

cfb-big-leaves1.jpgEvery 5 years, the US Congress makes decisions about a $90 billion taxpayer funded appropriation called the Farm Bill, or as some more aptly call it, “The Food and Farm Bill.”

“To a large extent, the Farm Bill determines what sort of food we Americans eat (and how they taste and how much they cost), which crops are grown under what conditions, and, ultimately, whether we’re properly nourished or not.”
     Dan Imhoff, author of
     Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

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Step #1:
Your US Congressional Representatives (see below) need to hear your concerns about the 2007 Farm Bill.  Specific legislation to react to will be appearing early in the summer.  In the meantime, call or email your Representatives to share your top concerns, which might include:

A Farm Bill that expands access to healthy food for all Americans
A Farm Bill that addresses the loss of farmland, open space and family farms
A Farm Bill that provides more funds to distribute healthy foods through Food Banks
A Farm Bill that protects native, threatened, and endangered species
A Farm Bill that addresses the escalating health costs of obesity
A Farm Bill that expands access for Food Stamp debit cards at all Farmers’ Markets
A Farm Bill that provides more funds for sustainable farming practices and research
A Farm Bill that protects and restores rivers, streams, wetlands and other riparian areas
A Farm Bill that provides healthy foods for schools

…As you share your concerns and priorities, let them know you know the Farm Bill affects your health and you want them to pay attention to ALL the provisions.

Click here to print out a letter you can sign and fax or mail to the local offices of your Representative and Senator (PDF)

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Congressional District #7: Congressman Raul Grijalva
810 E. 22nd St. Suite 102, Tucson AZ 85713
In Washington, DC: 202-225-2435,  fax: 202-225-1541
 In Tucson: 622-6788
 By email through his website: http://www.house.gov/grijalva

Congressional District #8: Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords
1661 N. Swan, Suite 112, Tucson AZ 85712
 In Washington, DC: 202-225-2542,  fax: 202-225-0378
 In Tucson: 881-3588
 By email through her website: http://www.house.gov/giffords

Arizona Senator John McCain: 
 407 W. Congress St. Suite 103, Tucson AZ 85701
 In Washington DC: 202-224-2235,  fax: 202-228-2862
 In Tucson: 670-6637
 By email through his website: http://mccain.senate.gov

Arizona Senator Jon Kyl:
7315 N. Oracle, Suite 220, Tucson, AZ 85704
 In Washington DC: 202-224-4521,  fax: 202-224-2207
 In Tucson: 575-8633
 By email through his website: http://kyl.senate.gov

Step #2:
As legislation develops over the next four to five months, there are additional ways you can follow the “Food and Farm Bill” through Congress, and act to promote legislation that will support a healthier, more equitable food and agricultural system that will sustain us all for generations to come:
 => Get on an Action Alert Email List –email:  kitty@communityfoodbank.org
Sponsored by the Food Bank’s Community Food Security Center, this list will educate you and notify you when your input is needed to support local food production and low-income people having access to healthy food.

 => Come to Information Sessions on the Food & Farm Bill at the Food Bank
Community Food Security Center Staff are tracking aspects of the Food and Farm Bill that have to do with supporting local food production and increasing the ability of low-income people to access healthy food.  This will be a time to ask questions, get the latest updates, share your thoughts and strategize how best to involve other people.
Sessions will be Wednesday from 5:30 – 6:30 pm on September 12th with more sessions to be scheduled as needed.
For more information, please contact Kitty Ufford-Chase at the Community Food Bank at 622-0525, click here for directions.

Step #3:
Don’t Act Alone. Join forces with the organizations below, or be the point person for a group you already belong to:
 Native Seeds/SEARCH  www.nativeseeds.org
 Slow Food – Tucson Chapter  www.slowfoodtucson.org
 Defenders of Wildlife   www.defenders.org
 Chef and Child   www.acfchefs.org
 Community Food Bank  www.communityfoodbank.org

Step #4:
Check out these websites for more information on the Farm Bill:
 Farm & Food Policy Project   www.farmandfoodproject.org
Community Food Security Coalition www.msawg.org
 Food Action & Research Center  www.frac.org
 Bread for the World    www.bread.org
 NY City Farm Bill Coalition   www.nycfarmbill.org
 Chef Ann Cooper’s Blog   www.lunchlessons.org
 Nat’l Catholic Rural Life Conference  www.ncrlc.org