But right now Congress is only providing minimal support for healthy, local and organic foods while expanding wasteful subsidies and giveaways that support the wealthiest agribusinesses — at the expense of family farmers.
Next week, the Senate Agriculture Committee will start writing its version of the 2012 Farm Bill. It’s incredibly important that Congress get this right — so CREDO Action is teaming up with Environmental Working Group to stop the giveaway to Big Ag and support food and farm policies that protect our environment and expand access to healthy food.
The Farm Bill affects everything from the food you eat to conservation and nutrition programs. And right now, vital nutrition programs that help feed low-income children and decades-old conservation programs that protect wetlands, grasslands and soil health are rumored to be on the chopping block already.1
Meanwhile, Big Ag is working hard to keep open the spigot that sends billions of dollars a year in subsidies to growers of commodity crops like corn, soy and cotton. More than 74 percent of that money goes to wealthy agribusinesses, not to small-scale family farmers who need them.
The bill that emerges from the Senate Agriculture Committee will likely be the best version we can hope for right now — as it will only get more unbalanced in negotiations with the House. It’s vital that the committee members hear from you now.
Thanks for supporting a healthy food system.
1. “The Worst Farm Bill Ever?,” Mother Jones, April 10, 2012
The petition reads:
Instead of sending billions of dollars in subsidies to wealthy agribusinesses, the Farm Bill should support struggling farm families, promote organic farming, increase access to local food, protect land and water and help feed low-income children.
Please take this opportunity to invest in smarter food and farm policies that promote a cleaner environment and healthier food for American kids and families.
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