Tag: Farm Bill

FARM BILL UPDATE

July 11th, 2013

The saga of the Federal Farm Bill (AKA ‘Food Bill’, which is what local food advocates prefer to call it), has reached a new level of uncertainty. The Senate approved a new Farm Bill, which continued most of the important reforms made in the 2008 Farm Bill, added some important provisions that promote local healthy […]

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HUNGER FREE COMMUNITY

April 12th, 2012

United Way of King County has boldly announced a goal of making King County a hunger free community.  The City Council applauds this goal, and on March 15, I was a plenary speaker at a Hunger Action Forum convened by United Way, the Seattle Food Council, and the Meals Partnership Coalition to look at strategies […]

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CLIMATE NEUTRAL BLOG POST 16: THE INTERSECTION OF FOOD AND CLIMATE

February 1st, 2012

As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts).  American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate.  Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping […]

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SEATTLE SUCCESSES AT NATIONAL LEAGUE OF CITIES

November 16th, 2011

Last week the National League of Cities (NLC) held its annual conference, and Seattle won two victories in the voting on Saturday, November 12.  Our first success came when I was elected to a two-year term as one of 18 new and reelected members of the Board of Directors chosen to represent the more than […]

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SEATTLE FARM BILL PRINCIPLES

February 28th, 2011

On Tuesday, February 15, a group of civic leaders in Seattle and Washington released “The Seattle Farm Bill Principles”.   Our goal is to get urban communities involved in the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, expected to be taken up by Congress in 2012.  We initiated this as part of the Seattle Local Food Action Initiative. […]

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