a reminder about this important event tomorrow!
if you or anyone know you know can help videotape the event, please contact
Jess Bell immediately.
thanks, and please pass this announcement on!
currently, the farm bill gives a ton of money to commodity crop growers
(corn, wheat, soy, etc) and does not give a fair amount to those who grow
organic, specialty crops (fruits & veggies), etc. we want to change that,
and your presence tomorrow will help show that we want this change.
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jess Bell <jessicambell@...>
Date: Feb 11, 2008 3:11 PM
Subject: Reminder: Valentine's Day Speak Out For Healthy Farm Bill, Feb
13th, Midday, Civic Center BART
To: Jess Bell <jessicambell@...>
* Speak-Out and Eat-In For A Fair and Healthy
Farm Bill Now!** *
*Food Justice Activists Call on Speaker Pelosi and others to
Give Us A Food and Farm Bill We'll Love for Valentine's Day
Wednesday Feb. 13th, 12pm
@ Heart of the City Farmers' Market at UN Plaza *
This Valentine's Day Season, come join together with CFJC and other food
justice activists as we speak out on the farm bill. We'll be gathering to
call upon House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Joe Baca and Dennis
Cardoza, who are likely to sit on the Farm Bill conference committee, to
pass a Fair and Healthy Food and Farm Bill as soon as possible that stops
subsidizing corporate agribusiness at the expense of public health and
invests our tax dollars into creating a sustainable, healthy,
community-driven and just food system!
*Speakers Include: *Bryant Terry, eco-chef, author, and Food and Society
Policy Fellow; the California Food and Justice Coalition; Shyaam Shabaka,
Founder and Director of the Eco-Village Farm Learning Center; Local Farmers;
Community Anti-Hunger Advocates; Peggy da Silva, Veritable Vegetable, the
oldest organic produce distributor in the U.S.; and representatives from San
Francisco's Alemany Farm.
We live in an era of global food insecurity and chronic hunger, where 800
million a day go hungry. Small farmers worldwide are struggling to survive
in a consolidated agricultural industry and poor communities in the United
States have little access to affordable, healthy food. Soil erosion, water
and air pollution and pesticides threaten our health and our farmland.
Congress has been working to rewrite the Farm Bill for nearly a year and
it's critical that we get a new Farm Bill as soon as possible that begins
to correct these elements of our broken food system.
The passage of the 2007 Farm Bill through Congress has been marked by
never-before-seen public demand for reform, which has compelled California's
legislators to begin to support critical commodity reform measures as and
increased investment in local food systems. In the final stages of this
campaign we must continue to draw attention our farm bill priorities and
*SO MUCH IS STILL AT STAKE! *Our Representatives are cobbling together a
Farm Bill from the different House and Senate versions, and deciding how
much money to allocate to each program. Neither of these bills include
significant reform of commodity programs, but Speaker Pelosi has the
opportunity to use her power to negotiate for meaningful reforms that will
begin to transform the food system � like limiting subsidy payments to
people who are actually farming - right now wealthy urbanites in New York
City can get subsidy payments! We also need to ensure that our
representatives on the conference committee are making funding for vital
food and farm justice programs, like the Community Food Projects Grants
Program, which gives grants to small food justice organizations like the
Ecology Center, and the Minority Farm Outreach Program, which helps minority
farmers fairly access Federal farm programs, a priority in their
negotiations. Go to*"http://www.cafoodjustice.org *for more information on
how this Farm Bill affects you.
This event is an opportunity to listen to, connect with, learn from, and get
involved in important local programs and campaigns to improve the bay area's
food system. We encourage you to bring a friend and a hearty lunch that
reflects the kinds of foods you think our Farm Bill should support. *After
the speak out we walk to Speaker Pelosi's office and escort a delegation
advocates that will meet with Speaker Pelosi's staff to deliver our message.
Get involved in creating this event: *jessicabell@...*, 510
704 0245, *http://www.cafoodjustice.org*.
*Come to a Banner & Sign Making Party* leading up to the event: Sat.
Feb.9th, 12pm � 4pm, 3208 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley. We'll be making a big
banner as well as signs with love hearts on them.
The Heart of the City Farmers Market is at 1182 Market Street, San
Francisco, next to the Civic Center BART Station. More info at: *
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