| Health » Support íLocal Farms, Food and Jobs Actí to help decentralize food system
| Support íLocal Farms, Food and Jobs Actí to help decentralize food system
(NaturalNews) Federal food policies that distribute billions of taxpayer
dollars every year to subsidize the growth of commodity crops like
genetically-modified (GM) corn and soy are largely responsible for the
dismal state of food quality and health in our nation today. But Rep.
Chellie Pingree (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) have introduced
a new bill known as the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act that
would help decentralize the food system and promote diversified,
small-scale farming operations capable of meeting the growing demand for
clean, fresh, local foods.
At least $12 billion a year is
currently allocated to subsidize industrial-scale agriculture systems
like pesticide-ridden GM crop mega-farms, and concentrated animal
feeding operations (CAFOs) that hold tens of thousands of animals in
filth. Meanwhile, only about $100 million a year is allocated to support
local food programs that grow and distribute fresh, clean food.
But all this can change with the passage of the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act,
which will provision more money from the Farm Bill for small-scale,
organic farmers, and help bring more clean, local food into public
school lunchrooms. And since hearings on the 2012 Farm Bill, which will
establish federal food policy for the next five years, are already
taking place, now is the time to contact your congressmen and urge
support for the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act.
consumers want access to healthy, fresh foods and farmers should be able
to sell it to them," said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Oh.) about the bill.
"Local and regional food systems help the communities where farmers and
consumers live growing the economy and creating jobs while improving
public health and nutrition."
You can read the entire Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act by visiting:
Investing in local food systems will help reverse the obesity, chronic disease epidemic in AmericaObesity,
heart disease, and diabetes are among the top chronic conditions that
afflict millions of Americans today, many of whom consume a steady diet
of corn- and soy-laden processed foods that are artificially inexpensive
because of federal food subsidies. And while more and more people are
learning the truth about processed foods and seeking out healthy
alternatives, federal policies make it difficult for small-scale farmers
to earn a living and provide healthy food for their communities.
too long, funding provided by the United Statesí most far-reaching food
and farm legislation has primarily benefited agri-business and large
scale industrial-scale commodity farms that arenít growing food," writes
Kari Hamerschlag on the EWG blog. "Instead, theyíre growing ingredients
for animal feed, fuel and highly processed food -- at a high cost to
our nationís health, environment and rural communities."
federal government has no place interfering in agriculture in the first
place, but if it is going to redistribute taxpayersí money into the food
system, it needs to promote the systems that lead to improved nutrition
and better health -- small-scale, diversified farms.
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