A Clean Bill of Health


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“FARM BILL of Health” was produced as part of the Farm Bill Hackathon. Designed by Jamie Leo, Henry Lau, Illya Bomash, Peter Krohmer and Trey Shelton, the presentation compares “My Plate” recommendations with government support to farms.

  • The slide show calls for eliminating compensations to victims (farmers) for deficiencies, but has nothing to address the root problem (cheap farm prices). It robs from farmer Peter to pay hungry Paul. To fix that support NFFC's Food from Family Farms Act and NFU's Market Driven Inventory System, which free up about $100 billion without hurting victims. It's unknown, generally, that before giving farm subsidies, Congress lowered farm prices by about 8 times as much, to give cheap junk food ingredients, and cheap feed for CAFO meat (with subtherapeutic antibiotics) etc. to giant agribusiness corps. The Corps are much more concentrated than farmers getting subsidies. The top 4 farmers get tiny fractions of the whole, while the top 4 buyers of commodites in many categories (ie. CAFO hogs, CAFO poultry, ethanol, food and feed mills) often have more than 50% share! You have no policies for the latter, only for the former, which are victims of the latter, with net results down $3.5 trillion (vs prev. standards, 1942-1952, in 2010 dollars).
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  • You may also send a letter to President, senators, and house representatives to urge them to start subsidizing Organic Plant Farming . A letter is ready for you by clicking at 'Take Action' at http://www.concernedcitizensnetwork.org/category/take-action/.
    2012 Farm Bill is not just a health issue. It is also a climate bill.
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  • GREAT advocacy tool. Thanks for posting.
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A Clean Bill of Health

  1. 1. a clean FARM BILL of health
  2. 2. America is not eating well.And we’re all paying for it.
  3. 3. Each year, diet-related sicknesses cost$72 billion.Half of this due to people not eatingenough fruits and vegetables. cancer heart disease diabetes stroke
  4. 4. Our government suggests we eat healthy, balanced meals.
  5. 5. But farm bill spending doesn’t reflect theserecommendations.
  6. 6. $33.1 billionspent oncommodity crops corn soybeans cotton rice wheat
  7. 7. $4.3 billionspent onspecialty crops fruits nuts vegetables
  8. 8. Shifting 10% ofcommodity subsidiesinto fruit & vegetablepurchasing programs
  9. 9. Shifting 10% ofcommodity subsidiesinto fruit & vegetablepurchasing programswould pay fordoubling fruits &veggies in US schoolfood programs.And meet proposed newUSDA school lunchguidelines.
  10. 10. This farm bill willshape our nation’s healthfor the next 5 years.
  11. 11. Let’s get the farm billin shape – now.Support local, sustainablefruit & vegetable farmers.
  12. 12. For info on how you can help out:Environmental Working GroupFood & Water WatchFood + Tech ConnectJohns Hopkins Center for a Livable FutureSustainable Table
  13. 13. RESOURCESThe $33 billion & $4.1 billion we mentioned were spent from 2008-2010.Fruit and Vegetable Intake Among Adolescents and Adults in the United States: Percentage MeetingIndividualized Recommendations: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2654704Produce for Better Health Foundation, The Fruit and Vegetable ConsumptionChallenge:http://www.pbhfoundation.org/pdfs/about/res/pbh_res/2010gapanalysis.pdfEWG farm subsidy database and unpublished EWG research on fruit, nut and vegetable spending.“Healthy School Lunch: Pay Now, Save Later”:http://www.ewg.org/agmag/2011/01/healthy-school-food-pay-now-save-laterFor more info, contact Kari Hamerschlag (kari@ewg.org) Rebecca Klein (rklein@jhsph.edu) clean BILL of health is a product of the Farm Bill Hackathon and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at farmbillhack.wikispaces.com on Dec. 4, 2011; created in a collaboration by Jamie Leo, Trey Shelton, Peter Krohmer, Illya Bomash, and Henry Lau, with the onsite support from Rebecca Klein of Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future and Kari Hamerschlag of Environmental Working Group. Additional support from GRACE Communications Foundation.