Beyond resistance: Establishing more visionary, equitable, and cost-effective food & farm policies

August 23, 2017

Dear Friends,

It is the 26th day of my email series, “Beyond Resistance: The things we should do to make us safer, healthier, and more economically secure.” Today’s topic: establishing more visionary, equitable, and cost-effective food & farm policies.

The Farm Bill is the most important, yet under appreciated, piece of federal legislation that impacts every American. Hopelessly complex and needlessly expensive, it sets priorities for federal investment in our food and agricultural system, and impacts many sectors of our economy. Unfortunately, the bill gives too much to the wrong people to grow the wrong food in the wrong places. These misguided investments benefit large agribusiness, while undermining human health, nutrition, carbon reduction, economic development, land conservation, and animal welfare.

Reforming this costly yet inefficient bill is one of my top priorities. I will soon introduce comprehensive food and farm legislation to refocus federal resources on those who need it most, foster innovation, encourage investments in people and the planet, and ensure access to healthy foods.

You can learn more here.

I’ve spearheaded an effort to unite people cheated by the current Farm Bill to discuss the ways we can make it work better for everyone. I’ve written a report that outlines these recommendations, Growing Opportunities, which is available here.

In Oregon, we’re working with thousands of people who understand that they have a stake in what Congress does as it reauthorizes the next Farm Bill in 2018. In a time of deep partisan division and rancor, this is an area where people can unite with common interests to ensure a sustainable future for our nation’s food and agricultural system.

I welcome your thoughts, ideas, and opinions. You can connect with me here


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress