Right now, a bill is being drafted that will shape the entire U.S. food system for the next five years - the 2018 Farm Bill. Traditionally, mega factory farms and cheap junk food companies have been the major beneficiaries of these bills, with the current Farm Bill placing 99% of subsidies either directly or indirectly into meat, dairy, and high fructose corn syrup — and less than 1% to fruits and vegetables. In fact, the government's term for fruits and vegetables is "specialty crops," which speaks volumes about its food production priorities. Don't let your tax dollars be funneled into industries that exploit billions of farmed animals while simultaneously poisoning our long-term health and the environment!
The current farm bill also contains programs such as the "Dairy Product Donation Program" which legally mandates the USDA to "procure and distribute to low-income groups, certain dairy products" when profit margin falls below a certain amount for two consecutive months. In other words, the government is legally required to bail out the dairy industry when consumers demand less of its products. It's programs like these that squander millions of our tax dollars, such as the USDA's 20-million-dollar purchase of surplus cheese last year!
We need to speak up right now!
1. Make a short phone call: We understand! The world is leaning toward digital and many of us aren't as comfortable making phone calls as we used to be, but there is so much at stake here which is far more important than a short feeling of discomfort. Calling takes about 90 seconds and makes a far bigger impact than sending an automated email, so please call your U.S. representative and have a polite conversation about the 2018 Farm Bill. We have provided an example script of what you can say, and also a link to find your U.S. representative and the phone number.
To find the telephone numbers of your U.S. representative, click on the link below and choose the Federal tab.
The person you want to speak with will have "U.S. Representative for..." before the name. Be careful not to call your Senators, since representatives are the individuals drafting this bill, and they will have the biggest say in influencing it.
Here's an example of what you can say: "As a U.S. citizen who cares deeply about future food security, I'm calling in regard to the 2018 Farm Bill and would like to make two important recommendations. First, for a reduction in subsidies from commodity crops with them redistributed to more equally benefit fruit and vegetable farmers. And secondly, a substantial investment into the development of plant-based and clean meat technology, which will not only require less land and resources but decrease the risk of global public health threats such as antibiotic resistance and zoonotic diseases. Thank you in advance for your consideration, and for your commitment to supporting the creation of a secure, sustainable and healthy food supply."
2. Share this alert on Facebook and Twitter, and ask for retweets! Everyone deserves to know what's at stake in the 2018 Farm bill. It's funded by our taxes and shouldn't support cruel and out-dated factory farms!
3. Personalize and submit our letter: After making calls and sharing on social media, please submit our automated letter by filling out the form on this page.
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Recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill: Reduce Commodity Subsidies and Invest in Clean Meat
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