The federal Farm Bill is the single biggest food, nutrition, and farming legislation in the country and is passed every five years. It sets the direction for America’s farming and food system, from farming practices to healthy food access. The current farm bill is set to expire at the end of September 2018. The House… Read more »
Recently, Washington DC was buzzing, and the Pope’s visit was not the only big deal in town! There were all kinds of amazing connections being made including Ecology Center’s meetings with the Farmers’ Market Coalition, the USDA, the White House Domestic Policy Council, and the White House Presidential Innovation Fellows.
The Ecology Center is helping… Read more »
On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1321, a bill we have been pushing hard for. The Farm Bill contains money to incentivize SNAP (food stamp) recipients to buy fresh produce at farmers’ markets. AB 1321 sets up the framework for California to attract those federal funds, which will make healthy eating choices more… Read more »
A story this week on NPR’s food blog, The Salt, emphasized one of the hard impacts of poverty in America: those on food stamps eat less nutritious food. Their story highlighted a review of 25 studies over the past decade that look at food spending and diets of Americans receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).… Read more »
Last week the Senate passed their version of the 2012 Farm Bill, and the House Agricultural Committee will take up their version of the bill on July 11th. From GE foods to SNAP benefits, the Senate debated many critical issues in our food system. For a quick listing of the important provisions that made it… Read more »
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