Policy Plate: “Worth Protecting” Campaign Calls for Conservation Funding in the Farm Bill
Environmental Working Group (EWG) today launched the Worth Protecting social media and advocacy campaign to underscore the need for federal farm bill reforms that protect public health and the environment and support future generations of family farmers. The initiative will push Congress to fully fund and restructure conservation programs, require basic environmental protections in exchange for subsidies, and reward farmers who grow food in ways that protect America’s land, soil and water.
The organization hosted a teleconference with Tom Colicchio, chef and founder of Craft Restaurants, to announce the effort.
“Americans have never been more interested in their food, including how their food is grown,” said Colicchio. “That's why I am joining EWG to launch this campaign: to recognize and reward those farmers who are growing food in ways that reflect our common values.”
Learn more about the Worth Protecting campaign here.
Watch organic dairy farmer, Terry Ingram, explain why his land is Worth Protecting.
The Billings Gazette has a piece on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s support of tying conservation practices to crop insurance.
Six former chiefs of U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Resource Conservation Service endorse reattaching crop insurance subsidies to basic conservation requirements.
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