Food Fight-The 2007 Farm Bill
On May 1, Dr. Varga Garland, vice president of the Community Food Security Center at CFB, joined a distinguished panel to discuss the Farm Bill. Other panel members included Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., director of UMC’s Integrated Medicine Program; Scotty Hanson, director of Defenders of Wildlife; and Southern Arizona farmer and activist John Rueb.
Dan Imhoff, author of Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill, gave the keynote address to a packed house of concerned citizens. They learned:
•The Farm Bill is the single largest and most important appropriation to impact the health and well-being of every American. About $90 billion is allotted every five years for the Farm Bill. This taxpayer-funded initiative determines to a large extent what Americans eat.
•Agribusiness has traditionally lobbied congressional representatives, resulting in legislation that favors corporations over citizens’ health and small farmers who grow healthy food crops.
•The Farm Bill subsidizes the widespread use of surplus corn in the form of corn syrup, which is added into most industrially produced foods and is thought to be the biggest cause of obesity and diabetes in the United States. As Dr. Weil pointed out, “We are subsidizing obesity and diabetes through the current Farm Bill!”
Join CFB in making sure we all have a say in this critical legislation! We would like your help working toward a Farm Bill that:
•Positively impacts the health of all people
•Supports healthy food production by encouraging local farming and fresher sources of food
•Provides healthy food for schools
•Expands access for food stamp debit cards
•Provides more funds for sustainable farming practices and research
There are many more issues we would like our 2007 Farm Bill to address. To learn more, visit us at www.communityfoodbank.org and click on Farm Bill. You’ll find information on additions to the bill that CFB supports, as well as letters and contact information for your representatives
“The United States’ main farm and food policies—which Congress will renew this year in the Farm Bill—address such critical issues as agricultural production, food and nutrition assistance, rural development, renewable energy, equity, and conservation policies. However, many of these policies do not adequately cover all of our nation’s farmers, nor do they provide accessible, healthy foods for many Americans. The upcoming farm bill is an opportunity for these public policies to result in better management of a farm and food system that serves us all.”