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Encourage Congress to Support Organics

Posted by admin | July 3rd, 2007 | Filed under Sustainability, Who We Are

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Our friends at Culinate have a lot to say and share about what we eat, where it comes from and what it means to make good choices about our food. Below is a post from Kim Carlson, one of their editors, about why you should care about the 2007 Farm Bill. And, really, you should.

It’s easy to take for granted the importance of organic foods, and the ease of access we have to them in the NW. But that’s not the case everywhere, especially not in Washington, D.C.

At the end of July, the House will vote on a new farm bill ” a sweeping piece of legislation that will dictate farm policy for the next five years ” including subsidies. This bill is about far more than farmers. It’s about food, and the way we eat. This year’s farm bill could be the first to include fair funding for organics. The EWG Action Fund, the lobbying arm of the “Environmental Working Group“, has created a simple petition urging Congress to level the playing field for organic farmers and expand access to organic food.

We invite you to join us in signing on to this important petition. Organic produce accounts for a fraction of the fruits and vegetables we eat in this country (2-3 percent); we could do better. Why? The reasons to choose organic are many, but in short, organic food tastes better; organic food has less pesticide residue than conventionally grown food; and organic growing practices replenish the soil, rather than introducing toxins into it. Organic farming is not a magic bullet, but its practices offer a more sustainable solution than the industrial agriculture that predominates in the US.

Time is of the essence. EWG is hoping to get 30,000 signatures by July 15, so they can deliver the petition to the House on Tuesday, July 17. We who’ve signed the petition want to be sure our representatives hear from the thousands of supporters of organics before they vote on the Farm Bill.

Join us! Help give organics a fair shake.

–Kim Carlson

Need more info? This recent article might help answer your questions.

2 Responses to “Encourage Congress to Support Organics”

  • July 11, 2007 at 11:25 am | Jack says

    This will be an incredibly important farm bill, for the reasons stated above and for other reasons; those concerned about the impact of ethanol production on the food supply, for example, should pay particular attention to this farm bill.

    Michael Pollan had an excellent article in the New York Times Magazine about the far reaching (farther reaching than most would expect) impacts of the farm bill.

    http://www.michaelpollan.com/article.php?id=88

  • July 11, 2007 at 11:30 am | Otis says

    Thanks for the link to the Pollan article, Jack. I only just saw that (don’t know how I missed that one) but you’re right: The impacts of this bill reach much further and more intricately into our lives than most people realize.

    Thanks for reading, and joining in,

    Otis

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