The House Agriculture Committee was unable to come to an agreement regarding The Farm Bill on March 21, 2018. Collin Peterson, the ranking member, has paused negotiations that would benefit the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As members of the dietetic community, this gives us an extended opportunity to reach out to legislators and verbalize what is important to us!
Our recommendation is to send Collin Peterson an email or phone call to tell him what matters to us. To contact Congressman Peterson, check out his website.
The AND has four priorities for 2018 Farm Bill. When you are voicing your concern to politicians, make sure to consider these points:
- Empower Consumers – Encourage consumer demand toward healthful foods and encourage reduced food waste
- Ensure sound science and program evaluation for future evidenced-based decision making
- Support innovative nutrition assistance programs to improve access to healthful, affordable, and safe foods
- Support the food supply chain: producers and retailers that create a healthful and safe food system and reduces food waste
For an introduction on the Farm Bill, please see this post.
Write By: James Fazzio, RD