A Recipe for Change
Dear Super Committee,
We know you have a big task ahead of you in trying to find ways to trim the federal budget by $1.2 trillion dollars. We also know you are looking to food and farming programs to find some of those savings.
Listening to the industrial agriculture lobby about where to find those cuts is a Recipe for Disaster. You have to find ways to reduce the deficit. That means finding ways to end wasteful spending, boost local urban and rural economies, and create new jobs. Protecting industrial agriculture by redirecting subsidies into crop insurance schemes and cutting nutrition and conservation funding won't get you there. Our Recipe for Change will. It's simple. 1. Reform subsidies for commodity crops.2. Protect all funding for nutrition assistance programs.3. Maintain funding for conservation, new farmers, and other programs that support sustainable farmers and ranchers.
We have a vision for healthy children, healthy land, and a reinvigorated economy. The way we grow and share food is at the heart of that vision. When you sit down to figure out how to find a few billion dollars from food and farming programs, seize that opportunity to finally move our food system in the right direction. Make sure that at the heart of your decision is a vision for a better world, one in which everyone can eat food that is good for them, for the land, and for the farmers.
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