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Food Movement Litmus Test

Thursday, May 10, 2012

EWG president Ken Cook issued a ringing call to the good food movement to take a stand on the farm bill in a post this morning titled, “I Call the Vote: A Farm Bill Litmus Test for the Food Movement.”

Here’s a simple proposition to test whether the food movement can stand up to Big Ag. We’re asking readers who care about providing healthier food to schoolchildren to take a stand by voting on our resolution – A Farm Bill for Healthy Kids:

Be it resolved: Notwithstanding the need for full funding of conservation and nutrition programs, along with other essential reforms, the “farm bill” now before Congress shall reduce subsidies for industrial commodity crops by $1.5 billion per year and shall use those funds to serve fresh fruits and vegetables daily to the 30 million-plus kids enrolled in more than 100,000 schools now served by the federal school lunch program.

You can vote on the resolution here.


Table Scraps:

-       The Orlando Sentinel’s editorial board joins the growing list of media outlets voicing disappointment with the Senate farm bill, saying: “The latest farm bill would be another boon for special interests and a bummer for everyone else.”

-       A must-read: Open Secrets investigates Monsanto’s deep influence with Washington D.C. lawmakers.

-       Cashing in on $4 million in federal farm subsidies is making for a tough Congressional campaign for one California conservative.

-       Chris Clayton, editor of Progressive Farmer, reports on American Farm Bureau Federation’s efforts to derail EPA’s goal of reducing nutrient pollution in the Mississippi River Basin. EWG recently released a report examining the damage that agricultural pollutants do to America’s drinking water.

-       The corn ethanol industry often claims that its product is misunderstood; yet the CEO of an ethanol trade group says in an interview with WJBC radio in Illinois that using a15 percent ethanol blend fuel (E15) produces “60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions than gasoline.” Really? The National Academy of Sciences concluded not long ago that corn ethanol production and use increases greenhouse gas emissions.

-       And the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star reports on the pointed words that Jay Keasling, CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute, had for corn ethanol.

Tweet of the day:

@bittman Vote for a healthier farm bill, via EWG: Takes 10 secs, and we should get 2MM people. RT pls:

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