Do you care about healthy food & the environment? Read this.

May 16, 2018

Right now, House Republicans are trying to rush their disastrous Farm Bill through the House.

Much like the tax scam bill, attacks on Medicaid, or efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the House GOP Farm Bill empowers special corporate interests at the expense of those most in need, the health of American farms and families, and our planet.

The cruel cuts to nutrition assistance alone are reason enough to vote NO on the GOP Farm Bill. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg, which is why I’ve introduced an alternative bill, the Food and Farm Act, that represents what we should be doing with our food and farm policy:

  • GOP Farm Bill makes us sicker. It helps big corporate farms grow commodity crops that are made into unhealthy processed foods, putting the American people at greater risk of health problems such as diabetes and obesity. My Food and Farm Act invests in family farmers who grow REAL and HEALTHY foods, and helps them get their products to consumers through farmers markets and other local food programs.
  • GOP Farm Bill threatens our water, air, and climate. It cuts billions from programs that promote sustainable farming practices and protect our foods from pesticides and chemical fertilizers. My Food and Farm Act doubles investments in these programs and helps reduce food waste.
  • GOP Farm Bill leaves family farmers behind. It fails to invest meaningfully in training and education and throws up obstacles to help the next generation of farmers thrive. My Food and Farm Act increases funding for beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers and ensures they have the support they need to be successful.

From the price of a gallon of milk to the quality of our air and water, the Farm Bill affects every single person.

I’m calling on my colleagues in Congress to vote NO on this travesty of a bill, reverse course, and put forth a Farm Bill that works for everyone.


Earl Blumenauer

Member of Congress