Congress left DC for the winter break without agreeing on a Farm Bill. Color me unsurprised.
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Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps, are coming this Friday.
We’ve been treading water in a pool of political juices for awhile, so I apologize for stirring the legislative pot, but food policy has become a political topic. And now we have a tool to help us decide which levers to pull. A new organization, Food Policy Action (FPA), seeks to keep us in-the-know on how well our national government representatives support (or fail to support) important food policy decisions.
Representative Steve King of Iowa introduced an amendment to the House version of the Farm Bill which would nullify California’s humane egg production law and the more recent foie gras bill.
Amendment 45 uses the Commerce Clause to deny states the right to regulate agriculture production and sales within their own borders.
Some 250 amendments to the Farm Bill are sitting in the Senate. Most won’t make it into the Farm Bill, but some will. Call your senators and let them know which ones you prefer.
The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act stalled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. Opponents of the bill added a requirement that child care workers submit to background checks. It seems a reasonable enough demand – screening child care workers is important to ensure the safety of children, although I thought background checks on child care […]
The FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (S.510) passed the Senate yesterday 73-25. The House passed their version this past summer. What now?
[social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress is considering new legislation to make food safer. Given how often the industrial food industry violates safety procedures, more regulation seems like a no-brainer. But a story in the San Fransisco Chronicle highlights fears that […]