Big City Mayors’ Big Push
This week, a handful of big city mayors sent a letter to the House and Senate Agriculture Committee leaders urging them to support healthy and local food initiatives. They also called on lawmakers to protect nutrition assistance and conservation programs in the 2012 farm bill. EWG applauds the mayors’ commitment to improving the way we eat and to combating hunger and pollution.
Also, this week, Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs, participated in a Healthy Waters Coalition press conference to talk about ways the next farm bill can ensure that Americans have clean drinking water. (You can listen to his remarks here – about 52 minutes in – or read a wrap-up of the event). Faber highlighted the need to renew the 25-year-old conservation compact between taxpayers and farmers, which helps keep farm runoff from overloading our streams and lakes with nutrients.
EWG Table scraps:
Grist highlighted a blog by Don Carr, EWG’s senior policy and communications manager, that took on Big Ag for its criticisms of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s recent emphasis on local and organic foods.
Connecticut Mirror cited EWG’s farm subsidy data in a piece on falling milk prices and USDA’s dairy programs.
The Omaha World-Herald reported on Nebraska GOP Rep. Adrian Smith’s travels to discuss agriculture policy, and the story attributed background on the direct payment program to EWG.
In an interview, EWG Senior Food Policy Analyst Kari Hamerschlag explained to author Michael Prager how the farm bill should be reformed.
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