While we recognize that the food movement has come a long way in recent years, legislation that directly affects our food—and the local farms we'd ideally like it to come from—is going to be voted on very, very soon. Here's what you can do to help send a sustainable-food-friendly message to Congress about the Farm Bill.
The Farm Bill was established in 1933 to offer aid to farms and ranches in the United States. Every five years, it is reworked; the 2012 Farm Bill has been quietly sent through Congress to be voted on prior to the November 23 deadline.
With our involvement, we can make sure that the Farm Bill helps all of us have greater access to healthy, sustainable food in our communities. In its best form, the Farm Bill could potentially help support local, sustainable, and healthy foods—but only if our lawmakers hear from us!
Read more about the Farm Bill, and follow these steps from the Sustainable Food Center in Austin, Texas, which clearly outline what measures of the bill to support for sustainable farms and also how to contact your representative.
• 5 Ways the Farm Bill Will Impact You, Green For All
• The Secret Farm Bill, The New York Times
• Farm Bill 2012: Time For an Overhaul With Innovative Farm Systems, Huffington Post
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