by Marion Nestle
Jul 30 2010

Want to get active on farm policy? Here’s a start.

I’ve been sent a press release from the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in Minneapolis to announce the creation of its new Healthy Food Action website.

The website, says IATP:

makes it simple for health professionals—nurses, dieticians, physicians, public health workers, social workers and others—to engage in major public policy debates that affect our food system. It provides both vital information and easy-to-use tools to contact legislators, government officials and companies.

“Will make it simple” seems more like it.  At the moment, the site seems to be devoted exclusively to the issue of arsenic in poultry feed.  Eventually, it promises to take on other issues such as antibiotics in food animals and the Farm Bill.

Ah yes, the Farm Bill.  It’s none to early to get started on the next one.  Sites like this could help once they get into full swing.

The Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy works locally and globally at the intersection of policy and practice to ensure fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems.

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  • Anthro

    It sounds like just another agency to protect and tweak the status quo–that is BIG FOOD.

    Change to the food system will have to keep coming from pocketbook politics it seems. While slow and marginal, this provides some alternative for those of us who won’t live long enough to see systemic change.

  • Cathy Richards

    To Anthro — I’ve heard Dr. Wallinga speak a few times (mostly podcasts with Kelly Brownell of the Rudd Center) and I don’t think he is status quo at all. It will be interesting to see their Board Members and Mission once they get their site fully running.