How to get involved: the Farm Bill
When giving talks here and there, I am invariably asked how listeners can get involved in social and political action on food issues.
From the standpoint of personal responsibility, it’s easy: Vote with your fork! Buy and eat according to your principles to the extent that you can.
But participating in democratic processes is also part of personal responsibility, and here is where things get more complicated. Over the next week or so, I am going to post suggestions about how to get involved in a variety of food issues, starting with work on the 2012 Farm Bill, the legislation that governs everything having to do with agricultural policy in the United States—subsidies, water rights, organics, food assistance programs, and anything else you can think of.
I only am familiar with a few organizations gearing up to work on this bill:
- Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy: Advocates to bring agricultural policy in line with health policy.
- Food and Water Watch: Advocates to bring agricultural policy in line with health and environmental policy.
- National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition: Advocates for small and medium-size farms.
- Organic Trade Association: Advocates for organic producers.
- National Food Security Coalition: Advocates for improved SNAP (food stamp) benefits, access to food in inner cities, and food justice.
- Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): Advocates for improved food assistance programs.
If you know of others, please tell me about them in a comment.
Also: please mention groups advocating for better school food, limits on food marketing to children, and other food policy issues—groups that beginners might want to join.