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Agriculture Policy Group Urges Congress To Make Health A Priority In New Farm Bill

January 10, 2011: 03:41 PM EST

An organization that promotes fair and sustainable food, farm and trade systems in the U.S. is calling on the new leadership in Congress to make health a priority in writing the next Farm Bill. Healthy Food Action, a project involving national health leaders within the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, has created a “Charter for a Healthy Farm Bill” calling for a food system that incorporates health into the whole lifecycle of production, processing, consumption and disposal. According to the IATP, “Such a food system must protect the environment as well as ensure farmers and workers are fairly compensated. The charter’s principles emphasize a food system that is healthy, sustainable, resilient, fair, diverse, economically balanced and transparent.” Congress is expected to begin work on the five-year Farm Bill this year.

Ben Lilliston, "Health leaders call for healthy Farm Bill", News release, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, January 10, 2011, © IATP
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