What do farmers, public health professionals, food justice advocates, environmentalists, anti-poverty organizers and economic development authorities have in common? Probably an awful lot, but most pertinent at this time is the impact that the forthcoming farm bill will have on all of this work.
With the dire federal budget situation, many have dim hopes for significant policy change in the forthcoming farm bill. But we simply cannot ignore this opportunity that only comes around about once every five years. Farm bill policies are too expensive and inequitable, and they prop up a food system that quickly needs to become more sustainable and more healthful.
As a small step toward encouraging greater collaboration between people and organizations, Lee Zukor of Simple, Good and Tasty and I have started a Facebook page for sharing information and opinions about the forthcoming farm bill. Currently, the majority of postings are articles of interest, but as farm bill proposals emerge in the coming months the page will facilitate conversations about important food and agriculture policy issues.
I hope that many of you will provide your opinions and think about how to build collaboration for change. As a first step, I encourage you to...