The Farm Bill has a huge impact on our food system here in the U.S., and in this age of globalization its repercussions are felt worldwide. Everything from the survival of small organic farms to the availability of fresh produce in low-income neighborhoods to what kind of food and agriculture our tax dollars subsidize (or don’t) is determined by this piece of legislation, which is currently being debated in Congress. The results will set policy for the next five years.
Food Justice activist Anna LappÃ© has written a piece for the Huffington Post called “The Two Americas of Food” (a play on John Edwards’ statements about our health care system) which articulates the importance of the 2007 Farm Bill. I highly recommend this article to anyone who eats food… that is, to everyone!
Like hundreds of others across the country, my neighborhood in Brooklyn got a farmers market a few years ago. Now, with summer in full swing, I can spend any Saturday morning wandering in fresh-food bliss. But I am certainly not taking a single Bing cherry for granted. I know that for most of us, including many millions here in New York City, it’s a lot easier to find a Colt 45 than a farmers market.
Cortelyou Road Farmers Market – photo by keka