Tell the Next President to Fix the Food System!
The United States is facing a crisis, and it's time for our leaders to take action.
How we produce and consume food has a bigger impact on Americans' health and well-being than any other human activity. At the same time, healthy food is unaffordable for many Americans. This has led to spiking rates of obesity and diet-related diseases, adding billions of dollars each year to our national health care bill.
This public health crisis reflects a broken food system propped up by a set of agricultural subsidies and other government policies, created and maintained by powerful industry lobbyists. What's more, this system relies on the exploitation of workers, damages the environment, and puts a financial squeeze on farmers.
It doesn't have to be this way. The next president should lead with a plan to make sure every American has access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to food workers, good for the environment, and improves farmers' livelihoods.
As candidates hit the campaign trail, we need you to tell the next president to prioritize fixing our food system. We're working in coalition to gather as much support as possible—add your name to this petition today!
Learn more about our Plate of the Union initiative, and check out Mark Bittman's blog post on why the presidential candidates aren't talking about food and agriculture.
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Tell the Next President to Fix the Food System
Dear Future President,
Our food system is out of balance, and it's time to take action. Current food policies prioritize corporate interests at the expense of our health, the environment, and working families. This has led to spikes in obesity and type-2 diabetes, costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year.If you are elected president, I urge you to take bold steps to reform our food system to make sure every American has equal access to healthy, affordable food that is fair to workers, good for the environment, and keeps farmers on the land.
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