Food & Farm Policy
Slow Food USA believes in the power of a food chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All! It starts with our personal decisions about what food is on our plates and continues through advocating for federal, state, and local public policy that affects every aspect of the food chain, from farm to fork. By advocating for positive change in public policy, we can forge the political, social, environmental, and economic links in a sustainable and fair food chain. This policy page will help keep you informed about food and farm challenges, opportunities, and times to be heard by policy makers.
Farm Bill 2018
The farm bill, one of the most important pieces of federal legislation, sets US farm and food policy from field to fork; from what food is produced how and by whom to its broad impact, including on the environment and in equitable access. To help ensure that the 2018 Farm Bill aligns with our beliefs, Slow Food USA Executive Director, Richard McCarthy, and Slow Food State Governors sent a letter to key Congressional Leaders outlining our priorities for a Farm Bill that supports a Food Chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All. Look here for our current farm bill priorities.
Check Our Present Farm Bill Archive:
- SFUSA Farm Bill Priorities Letter to Congress
- The Farm Bill-What You Can Do in 2018
- A Beginner's Guide to Federal Food and Farm Policy
- Why ‘Slow’ Food Policy Matters – The 2018 Farm Bill
- A 2018 Farm Bill that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All
- The Path Toward A Good, Clean, And Fair Farm Bill
Slow Food USA Policy Maps
The following maps include details on Senators and House Representatives on the Senate and House Agriculture Committees. It also shows Slow Food USA Governors' contact information. If you live in a state or district with a Senator or House Representative on the Senate or House Agriculture Committee, your voice is especially important when the Farm Bill is being drafted. Each member of Congress eventually will vote on the Farm Bill, however, and that makes every member representing every state and district important!
Senate Agriculture Committee
House Agriculture Committee
Bristol Bay Alaska Salmon Fishery
Southwest Alaska’s Bristol Bay watershedis a pristine ecosystem that is home to the world's largest remaining wild salmon run. It provides habitat for 29 fish species, including all five species of Pacific salmon—sockeye, Chinook, coho, chum, and pink.
As you may know, climate change has directly impacted our oceans and watersheds, threatening fish species and fish habitat. Threats to Bristol Bay from mining include toxic waste production and acid mine drainage, which could lead to surface and groundwater contamination. The Bristol Bay watershed is also home to the Pebble deposit, a large underground body of mineral ore. And, the Pebble Limited Partnership, a project of Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd, hopes to mine for copper and gold there, in the heart of the Bristol Bay watershed.
Slow Food USA recently rallied up supporters to tell the EPA to save this unique, culturally and economically important fishery. Check out recent news for a copy of our letter.
Check out recent news on Bristol Bay:
Slow Food USA 2018 Farm Bill Priorities are rooted in our belief in a Food Chain that is Good, Clean, and Fair for All and inspired by the work of like-minded and allied organizations including:
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Letter Sign-Ons 2017/18
Food Research Action Center
Center for Biological Diversity
Good Food Communicators
Stop Corporate Abuse
Food and Water Watch
Food Animal Concerns
National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The Humane Society
Organization for Competitive Markets
March for Science
Food Futures Campaginers
Businesses for Bristol Bay
Friends of the Earth
Endangered Species Coaltion
Food & Water Watch
Getting Our Act Together
National Farmers Union
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act
National Rural Housing Coalition
Food and Climate Coaltion
Center for Biological Diversity
The National Resources Defense Coucil
National Wildlife Federation
Humane Society Legislative Fund