We’re Not Buying It: Stop junk food marketing to kids and the Farm Bill = good food is important to us

While researching the Farm Bill, I went to this site ( http://www.parentearth.com/action/farm/ ) and found this video which took me back to my Media Ecology days at New York University. It make me take a step back and realize that now I AM that parent that needs to be concerned about the media’s messages. I am effected and need to care about how the government responds to big businesses. I was so happy to see the most of those brands do not have a place in our home but I need education at each stage of parenting. I hope you also find this helpful!

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We’re Not Buying It: Stop junk food marketing to kids | Parent Earth | Videos about Food for Families.

And you can visit http://www.parentearth.com/action/farm/ to learn about the Farm Bill and see videos that perhaps will compel you to take action.

Kiwi also suggested this site: http://sustainableagriculture.net/take-action/ where I found this:

What is the Farm Bill?

(image source: House of Representatives Agriculture Committee)

The “Farm Bill,” as the omnibus package of federal farm and food legislation has come to be known, represents billions of dollars in government expenditures that set the farm, food, and rural policy goals and priorities for the United States. Congress passed the most recent version of the this bill, the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (H.R. 2419), on May 22, 2008, authorizing $289 billion over the next five years.

Despite its nickname, the “farm” bill is really a “food” and “conservation” bill too. In the simplest terms, the farm bill has a tremendous impact on farming livelihoods, how food is grown, and what kinds of foods are grown. This in turn affects the environment, local economies, and public health. These are some pretty good reasons to become involved in advocating for a farm bill that supports health and sustainability!

Farm Bill Basics

1. What does the farm bill cover?
2. How much does the farm bill cost?
3. Who in Congress writes the farm bill?
4. How does the farm bill drafting process work?

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One Response to We’re Not Buying It: Stop junk food marketing to kids and the Farm Bill = good food is important to us

  1. So then… I was looking into the upcoming GreenFestival in NYC and found this:
    http://www.greenfestivals.org/national/now-is-the-time-to-demand-gm-food-labeling

    Now Is the Time to Demand GM Food Labeling!
    Ken Roseboro,
    Editor, The Organic & Non-GMO Report

    Want to know more about the dangers of GMOs? Consult with the leading expert, Jeffrey Smith. author of “Seeds of Deception” and founder of the Institute for Responsible Technology, Saturday April 21 at 11:15am on the Main Stage at NYC Green Festival, and Saturday May 5th at 5pm on the Main Stage at Chicago Green Festival.

    Labeling of genetically modified foods is a hot topic. In my 12-plus years covering the genetically modified food controversy, I’ve never seen so much grassroots action to get mandatory labeling of GM foods.

    Since last fall there has been a Right2Know March from New York City to Washington, DC, an online petition to the Food and Drug Administration calling for GM food labeling that has generated nearly 1 million comments, an initiative in California to put a labeling law on the ballot for this year’s election, federal labeling legislation introduced by Congressman Dennis Kucinich, a letter to the FDA from 55 members of Congress demanding labeling. Also, lawmakers in 18 states have submitted bills to label GM foods.

    The FDA says such labels aren’t needed because GM foods are “substantially equivalent” to conventional foods. Yet biotechnology companies say their GM seeds are unique and should be patented. So in the twisted logic of the FDA and USDA we have GM seeds that are unique and patented and GM foods that are the same as normal foods. The result is that the biotech companies have it both ways. Oh and the FDA doesn’t require safety testing of GM foods. It’s voluntary.

    The problem for the agencies and the biotech companies is that a growing number of people are fed up. They say they have a basic right to know whether they are eating GM foods. They point to 40 other countries including all the European Union member states, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, and even China and Russia requiring labels. Yet here in the birthplace of democracy, our government denies its citizens the right to know whether they are eating GM foods.

    So we are all participating in a massive feeding experiment.

    Fortunately, there are many heroes championing the right to know including Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Stonyfield Farms; David Bronner, president of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps; Pamm Larry, a Chico, California grandmother who single handedly launched the California ballot initiatives; and state representatives like Maralyn Chase and Cary Condotta of Washington State, Richard Roy and Diana Urban of Connecticut, Kate Webb of Vermont, who are introducing bills to label GM foods. And there are countless others raising their voices to demand a stop to the GM feeding experiment and the right to know. The time is now!

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