How Friendly Are Our Lawmakers to Progressive Food Policy?


A new, progressive food-policy organization, Food Policy Action, has set out to grade members of Congress on their voting records for food-related legislation. According to their methodology, which aims “to promote policies that support healthy diets, reduce hunger at home and abroad, improve food access and affordability, uphold the rights and dignity of food and farm workers, increase transparency, improve public health, reduce the risk of food-borne illness, support local and regional food systems, treat farm animals humanely and reduce the environmental impact of farming and food production,” Vermont’s congressional members, Senators Leahy and Sanders, and Representative Welch receive fairly high ratings. While Food Policy Action is new to the scene, it has support from a number of influential organizations— representatives from groups such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Humane Society of the United States, Environmental Working Group, and Food Democracy Now! sit on Food Policy Action’s board of directors. All told, the efforts of the Food Policy Action are a step forward in galvanizing the political energy of the food movement. For more information, check out this post on Civil Eats or the Food Policy Action’s website.

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