Food Issues in the News

May 3, 2018  

Why farmers only get 7.8 cents of every dollar Americans spend on food  (Washington Post)

Smith argues that, in a food system where farmers and consumers are separated by so many middlemen, farmers will never gain a bigger piece of the pie — even if the pie itself is growing. There are too many steps in the industrial food supply chain, he said, where large processors, retailers and restaurant chains can pad their margins.

Instead, he has advocated for alternative systems — such as farmers markets, community supported agriculture and regional sourcing — that move the supply chain back toward the farm. On his Lakeside Family Farm in Maine, Smith grows 30 different fruits and vegetables on 150 acres, which he supplies directly to Hannaford grocery stores. He also does basic processing in-house, such as peeling and cutting baby carrots.

Smith's share of those carrots, and the other produce he grows, is far more than 8 percent.

“Alternative food systems tend to keep a larger share of consumer expenditure in the farming sector,” he said. 

April 18, 2018  

Opinion: The Republican Farm Bill is as Broken as our Food System

the Republican Farm Bill — scheduled for markup in the House Agriculture Committee today –– puts the environment and public health at risk by continuing to prop up a broken food and agriculture system based on heavily polluting factory farms, genetically engineered mono-crops, processed foods, exploitative labor conditions, and over-dependence on chemical and energy-intensive pesticides and fertilizers.

Trump and the Republicans are promoting highly partisan, regressive, and unjust policies that would expand corporate welfare for mega-farms while slashing conservation programs, eliminating programs that support local, organic, and sustainable farmers and rural economies, and cutting vital nutrition funds for hungry families. It’s Robin Hood in reverse — taking from small-scale farmers and low-income families to further enrich agribusiness, factory farms, and crop insurance companies.

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April 12, 2018  

Tell Your Legislators to suppor farmers markets

Now is the time! 

As the senate begins writing their draft of the farm bill, we are learning through our contacts on Capitol Hill that legislators need to hear more from the farmers market community. Let’s get on it! Read full story from the Farmers Market Coalition.

April 11, 2018  

EWG's 2018 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce™

Check out the EWG's list of this year's Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

March 27, 2018  

Congress just gave big ag the pollution green light

The legislative free-for-all leading up to the 2018 Farm Bill includes a fistful of bills that shield agri-business from responsibility for its environmental harms. These bills effectively amount to a free pass to pollute. If passed, local communities would be hobbled in their efforts to protect themselves from the pollution generated by ever-expanding Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs). These facilities – there are about 18,000 by EPA estimates – can house thousands or millions of animals, generating tons of feces and related toxic air emissions and water pollution.

Read the full article on The Hill.


July 7, 2017

Congressman Earl Blumenauer of the Third District of Oregon has introduced the Food and Farm Act which suggests sweeping changes to the current Farm Bill.