You've probably seen it too... I've been on the road since January, meeting with people like you all across the U.S., and I've seen first-hand how our food system is failing both farmers and citizens.
It's hard to dream big at a time when Congress is acting so dysfunctional, but if we want to fix the big problems with our food system, we need to keep pushing for big change, and the Farm Bill is a great opportunity to do that.
Will you take a minute to tell your elected representatives that you care what they do with the Farm Bill? They need to hear from you if they're going to do the right thing.
For several months, I've been on the road talking to people about my new book, Foodopoly, and it's given me the chance to hear from ordinary people across the country about the problems they're facing with their food. I've talked to family farmers who are struggling to make ends meet. I've heard from moms who want to feed their children the safest food but aren't sure how to do that. I've been touched by these stories, but also profoundly inspired by the activists I've met who are determined to fix our broken food system. With such passion on our side, I know that we'll prevail in the end.
Fixing the Farm Bill in 2013 is the first step. Please join me in taking action to tell Congress to fix the Farm Bill.
All the best,
Food & Water Watch
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Congress Broke the Farm Bill Last Fall
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Stop me if you've heard this one before:
Months ago, Congress missed a big deadline. They patched over their mistake with some half-measures that don't really work. Now they have a chance to fix their mistakes properly — but it's far from guaranteed that they'll do the right thing.
That's why they need to hear from you right now.
The particular mistake I'm talking about is the Farm Bill. You probably know that the Farm Bill is a massive, critically important bill that affects almost every aspect of the food we eat and the livelihoods of our farmers. It also funds safety-net nutrition programs like food stamps. The Farm Bill is vast, complex, and has the potential to protect family farmers and organic food, and to keep factory farms in check. Tell your legislators how much this matters: they need to get the Farm Bill right.
Last year's Farm Bill was a casualty of the "fiscal cliff" debacle. Rather than pass a new, five-year bill, Congress extended a stripped-down version of the old bill, one that removed many of the programs we care most about. We lost programs that support small farmers when they're just starting out, lost funding for conservation programs, and missed a big opportunity to add new rules that protect our food.
Now, Congress has a chance to fix the Farm Bill. Both the House and Senate will start working on this bill in committees next week. They need to know that you're watching them, and that you want them to fix their mistakes. Urge your Members of Congress to protect consumers, family farmers and fair food in the new Farm Bill.
Speak out for fair food:
Thanks for taking action,
Food & Water Watch
P.S. Our Executive Director, Wenonah Hauter, is on a nationwide tour right now talking about how we can fix our food system, including fighting for a fair Farm Bill. Find out when she's going to be in your area.
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