Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Sea Cliff Nutrition Committee. The Apple People

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Action Alert: Support Healthy Food and a Healthy environment in the Farm Bill

From the Environmental Working Group:
Right now, the Senate is debating the 2012 farm bill. This is our big chance to fix our nation's broken food policies.

If you want a farm bill that supports healthy and organic food, the environment, family farmers and the hungry, EWG Action Fund needs you to take action today.

As it's currently written, the Senate's version of the bill will cost taxpayers like you $90 billion in crop insurance handouts to corporate mega-farms and insurance companies.

Thankfully, several senators have offered amendments that would cut the crop insurance boondoggle and redirect funds to programs that expand access to healthy and organic food and protect our environment. Your senators need to hear from you today that you support these amendments.

Click here to urge your senators to vote for farm bill amendments that support the environment, healthy and organic food and family farmers.

Our government does the bare minimum when it comes to supporting healthy, local and organic foods - all while giving away billions in wasteful subsidies to the most-profitable agribusinesses.

Even worse, these crop insurance subsidies are not subject to payment limits or conservation requirements. One fifth of subsidy recipients collect almost 80 percent of available funding. Last year, 26 policyholders each collected more than $1 million in insurance premium subsidies.

While Congress is busy handing out millions to those that don't need it, vital programs supporting land conservation, family farmers and healthy diets are going underfunded.

Your senators need to hear from you right now - before they vote - that you want them to support sensible amendments. There is no time to lose - the Senate is debating the farm bill now.

Click here to take action before the Senate votes on the 2012 farm bill. Your senators need to hear from you that you support sensible farm bill amendments.

Thank you for taking action. Together we can reform the 2012 farm bill.


Ken Cook
President, EWG Action Fund

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