In its current form, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R.2), better known as the Farm Bill, would cut billions from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
Program and would impose strict work requirements on SNAP beneficiaries.
These austere measures would cause millions of low-income Americans to be
pushed out of the program, consequently increasing the number of Americans
experiencing food insecurity and poor nutrition. The bill also threatens to weaken key conservation programs
and laws that protect the public from the harmful effects of pesticides. All
told, this proposal contains extremely concerning provisions that would
jeopardize public health.
APHA urges the House to pass a Farm Bill that
strengthens SNAP, encourages healthy eating by maintaining programs like the
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, strengthens nutrition education programs and
improves the economy by supporting local farmers and local retailers who expand
access to healthy food in our communities. We also urge the House to reject
provisions in the bill that would weaken current laws, or prevent local
governments from adopting laws, that protect the public from pesticides.
Additionally, we oppose weakening or eliminating key conservation programs that
are important for the long-term sustainability of agricultural lands and the
health of their surrounding communities.
Urge your representative to oppose the House Farm Bill and to instead support a bill that priortizes public health!
Please personalize the message below to highlight why Congress must pass a strong Farm Bill that improves and protects public health.
Dear [Decision Maker],
As a constituent and American Public Health Association advocate I was pleased to see the House vote down H.R.2, the House Farm Bill, earlier this month. I am hopeful that by rejecting this proposal, members of the House will now work in a bipartisan manner to craft a Farm Bill that reduces hunger and prioritizes public health. In its current form, the bill would eliminate and weaken Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for many low-income Americans, increase hunger, foster poorer nutrition and further increase health inequity in our nation. The bill also threatens to eliminate key conservation programs and weaken vital pesticide regulations that protect public health. This is unacceptable.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]
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