Policy Plate: Good Food and the Farm Bill
Now that Senate floor action on the 2012 farm bill is looking likely in early June, food policy reformers are weighing in. Grist’s Food Editor, Twlight Greenway, quotes Steph Larsen at Nebraska’s Center for Rural Affairs on the need for urgency on the part of good food advocates:
Say it’s 6 p.m. on election night, or the top of the eighth inning. Of all the moments to walk away, is that the one to pick? For farm and food policy in the U.S., it’s getting to be that moment. The next five years of what we eat and how it’s grown are being written as we speak. And since we all eat, we are all impacted by the results.
And renowned food policy academic Marion Nestle puts in perspective the comparatively modest increases in funding for healthy food approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee:
This looks like a lot – and from the standpoint of incremental change it is a lot – but these numbers are millions, not billions, and in farm bill terms can be considered “mere rounding errors.”
- Betsy Simon of the Dickinson Press reports in the Fargo-Moorhead (N.D.) InForum that, “Organic farming is the fastest-growing farming segment in a decade.”
- In Iowa, farmers are expanding their fields to the point that corn stalks encroaching on roads are making for hazardous driving conditions.
- The Huffington Post reports that “a whopping 96 percent of America's chain restaurant entrees fell outside the range of the USDA's recommendations for fat, saturated fat and sodium per meal, according to a new analysis from the RAND corporation, published in the journal ‘Public Health Nutrition’.”
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