Monday, April 15, 2013

Support the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act


Wherever there’s local food, there are farmers feeding communities and creating jobs. Farmers and ranchers are responding to skyrocketing demand for fresh, healthy food everywhere – at farmers’ markets, grocery stores, and in schools across the nation.
 
Here on Capitol Hill, your representatives have a chance to help support this growing movement! The Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act was just introduced in Congress, and it’s a bill that everyone – eaters and growers alike – can get behind. The bill creates jobs and increases access to fresh, healthy food in rural and urban communities.
 
The introduction of the bill means we have a chance to pass legislation that expands local and regional food systems, helps feed communities, and supports family farms.
 
So what happens next? Congress had the chance to include these critical needs in the 2012 Farm Bill, but their inability to pass that bill last year meant that the Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act was left behind. Congress will begin working on the 2013 Farm Bill soon, so now is the time to ensure the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 is part of it!
 
For that to happen, the bill needs co-sponsors – legislators who will show their support for the bill and help to incorporate pieces of it in the next farm bill.
 
Will you ask your legislators to co-sponsor this bill today?
 
Legislator Contact Info HERE
 
Before you make a call, [check here]! If you see your legislator on this list of co-sponsors, make your call a THANK YOU call!
 
Tell your legislators:
I am a constituent and a voter. (tell ‘em if you’re a farmer!) I support local farmers, and I want good food in my community. Please co-sponsor the Local Farms, Food, and Jobs Act of 2013 (S.679 and H.R.1414) today!
 
Thanks for speaking out! Your voice will make a difference! Want more information on the bill? Check it out here. [Link to sustainableagriculture.net/take-action]