|Sent on:||Friday, November 16, 2012 2:53 PM|
It hasn’t been big news but Congress let the Farm Bill expire before the election. So what does this mean for farmers and our food now? Take action to make sure your members of Congress protect our food and farmers. The 2008 Farm Bill expired at the end of September. This is an unprecedented situation, which reverts agriculture law back to the 1930s. Thankfully nothing dire has happened yet, but if Congress doesn't act, there will be huge consequences for farmers and our food.
Now Congress is back in session and the Farm Bill is on their very long list of to-dos (in addition to dealing with lots of tax and financial issues that are described as avoiding the "fiscal cliff"). We need to make sure that our food doesn't fall by the wayside with the new Farm Bill.
We're hoping that the Farm Bill gets the attention it deserves. There's a real chance that it will get wrapped up in budget cuts and the "fiscal cliff" negotiations, and that very important programs for small and organic farmers could be cut. The Farm Bill could also be used as an excuse to give rubber-stamp approval to new genetically engineered crops.
Whatever Congress does on the Farm Bill, they need to do it right, and they need to hear from you to make that happen.
Ask your members of Congress to pass a Fair Farm Bill:
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No more elections. No more endless campaign commercials, debates, and discussions.
Finally, Congress is back on Capitol Hill – let’s hope they’re ready to get to work!
What’s on the legislative agenda for the lame duck session? Together,we can make sure the 2012 Farm Bill is on that list. There’s too much at stake for it to get left behind. Imagine waking up next year to learn that support in the farm bill for farmers markets, organic certification, rural development and cutting edge entrepreneurship had vanished--that's the reality we face.
Yesterday the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition delivered nearly 22,000 signatures to Congress demanding an equitable, sustainable 2012 Farm Bill - including yours! - but we can’t stop there. Now your Representative needs to hear directly from you.
Make one call today (and ask one friend to join you!), and you will have an even greater impact on the future of the 2012 Farm Bill You’ll join NSAC, over 50 partner organizations including Illinois Stewardship Alliance, and thousands of farmers, ranchers, food advocates, and concerned citizens in demanding a greater investment in the future of farming.
Can you imagine the impact we’ll have with thousands of calls flooding Congress in one day? We’ll be making a unified statement that Congress can’t ignore: We want a farm bill done this year, and we want it done right.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
"Local Food Matters"