Wednesday, November 16, 2011

National League of Cities passes a farm bill resolution

Modeled on an earlier proposal from the Seattle City Council, the National League of Cities yesterday passed a resolution (.pdf) encouraging the federal government to adopt a variety of public interest principles for the farm bill.

The resolution includes planks for:
  • a health-centered food system,
  • sustainable agricultural practices,
  • community and regional prosperity and resilience,
  • equitable access to healthy food,
  • social justice and equity, and 
  • a systems approach to policy-making.
New political constituencies are taking interest in the farm bill. Paradoxically, this year, it seems farm bill decision-making power may be concentrated in fewer hands than ever.

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