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Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act October 29, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Humor, Sustainable Living.

I received this e-mail from the Union of Concerned Scientists yesterday:

Currently, billions of taxpayer dollars subsidize unhealthy, processed foods, while farmers who grow healthy foods work without support—but we can change that!

Leaders in Congress have introduced the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act to support local farmers and food markets.  A recent UCS report found that expanding local food systems will boost local economies, create jobs, and encourage consumption of fruits and vegetables.

As a bonus, these farmers are also more likely to embrace practices that protect our air, water, and soil.

With enough support, this bill could become part of the larger Food and Farm Bill, currently moving through Congress at a lightning pace.

Write to your members of Congress and ask them to cosponsor the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act today!

To learn more at UCS:  Local and Regional Food Systems 101 * Creating Jobs through Public Investment in Local and Regional Food Systems

Other Resources:  Choose My Plate  (healthy foods to place on your plate, plus help in planning nutritious and delicious menus); Eat Well Guide (a directory of farms, grocery stores, and restaurants that offer local, fresh, and sustainable food); SlowFood USA  (advocating for food and farming policies that are good for the public, good for farmers and workers, and good for the planet); Food Routes (the seeds it grows from, the farmers who produce it, and the routes that carry it from the fields to our tables); Local Harvest (a directory of small farms, farmers’ markets and other local food sources).

Wikipedia ~ Asparagus (in Public Domain)

And, on a lighter note . . .

The Only Cin sent me A NEW AGE VEGETARIAN SONG to share, which I’ve expanded a bit:

When the moon is o’er the 7th field
And zucchini aligns with squash
Then peas will rule the planets
And lettuce will steer the stars

This is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus
The Age of Asparagus . . . A~SPA~RA~GUS


Eat Healthy!  Be Happy!

Related posts:  Small Farms Create More Jobs (Bit of Earth Farm) * Great Nutrition Starts On Your Plate * A Month of Meatless Meals * Spinach Rice * 7 Reasons We Prefer To Dine In


1. Cindy - October 29, 2011

I wish farming was more highly subsidised in this country, hear hear! LMAO, your lyrics are brilliant 😀

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

Thanks for the inspiration!

I’m off to the library now, but may expand this song still further later on ~ incorporating even more of our veggie friends.

Or, better yet, get readers to toss additional lines into the song! 😛

2. Carl D'Agostino - October 29, 2011

What are the components of the act? I ask because the democrats will make it complicated with loop holes and the republicans won’t fund it and generate stalemate.

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

Fingers crossed that we are starting to turn the corner and will soon provide increased support to sustainable farming practices.

3. mpbulletin - October 29, 2011

Yeah, I got that email too. Thought it was a great idea and, honestly, there isn’t much to argue against. It supports small bussinesses, fosters community involvement and yes, as demand increases for locally farmed goods they will need to hire at least a few people to meet that demand.

Win! Win!

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

I agree! Fingers crossed that our representatives ignore BIG agri-business corporations and start subsidizing local farms and food.

4. Tammy - October 29, 2011

Off to do some reading and writing Nancy! Thanks much. I appreciate it.

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

Right up your “agrigirl” alley, Tammy!

5. BrainRants - October 29, 2011

Nancy, interesting idea. Di and I hit all the local farmer markets because the produce is so much better, and you get other bennies like handmade lye soap, and fresh meat (beef – we’re in Kansas).

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

We love going to the Farmer’s Market to stock up on fresh fruit and veggies, and get fresh baked bread. 😀

6. adeeyoyo - October 29, 2011

Are we going back full circle to healthy, home-grown food? Great stuff!! My goodness, what a fruitless and expensive detour we’ve been on.

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

I hope so, Denise. Wouldn’t it be great to see some of the huge mono-crop farms busted up for smaller rotational crops? Yes. Yes, it would.

7. kateshrewsday - October 29, 2011

Very catchy, Nancy. Clever Cindy. I’ll be singing that in my sleep now….

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

I sang it walking through the produce department at the grocery store. Got a few smiles (and a few head shakes).

8. clarbojahn - October 29, 2011

Saw something related on newshour last night. About the immigration laws. Farmers say Americans from the city can’t pick the crops like the migrant workers from Mexico and other Latin America countries. Also they want higher pay and benefits that farmers can’t pay. ( this news snippet came from Alabama) Many crops are sitting rotting in the fields right now because of an immigration bill passed there. And also police can stop anyone and check papers. This is having a great impact on the farmers.

There go our grocery bills.

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

It’s a tough situation. Maybe it’s time the prices we pay at the grocery store reflect the true “cost” involved?

9. souldipper - October 29, 2011

I really hope this is valid, Nancy. Not a minute too soon! Glad Tammy is on it.

nrhatch - October 29, 2011

If it passes, it will be a step in the right direction. 😀

10. Nancy Curteman - October 30, 2011

You might enjoy reading Barbara Kingsolver’s “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.” It addresses the topic of healthy locally produced foods.

nrhatch - October 30, 2011

Thank’s, NC! I’ll check it out. 😀

11. Sana Johnson-Quijada MD - October 30, 2011

that big picture can b so big

nrhatch - October 30, 2011

Absolutely enormous!

12. ElizOF - November 1, 2011

Excellent! This is fun for a foodie like me. 🙂

nrhatch - November 1, 2011

The Age of Asparagus! 😀

13. Tokeloshe - November 1, 2011

Great post!

Love the song 😉

nrhatch - November 1, 2011

Thanks, Tok. Here’s hoping it really is the dawning of the Age of Asparagus.

14. Pocket Perspectives - November 2, 2011

Nancy, have you seen this blog?… http://bitofearthfarm.wordpress.com/home/ The blogger has another blog too…a remarkable one: http://lauragraceweldon.com/2011/03/14/we-are-one-being/

Pocket Perspectives - November 2, 2011

Another post from that blog…another wow…. http://lauragraceweldon.com/2011/08/24/a-day-like-no-other/

nrhatch - November 2, 2011

I love the Bit of Earth Farm blog. Thanks, Kathy!

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