Please find her full press release here.
|Northwest Farm Bill Action Group|
Yesterday, (October, 28) Congresswoman Suzan DelBene spoke on the House Floor to recognize October as National Farm to School Month. Congresswoman DelBene stressed the importance of supporting local farmers and introducing healthy food options to young students.
Please find her full press release here.
Join the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group at our fifth annual Pie Party for Food Justice! Enjoy delicious sweet and savory pies from local bakers, sip beer/wine/cider/artisan non-alcoholic beverages, share food advocacy stories, and take action for food justice!
We have a great line-up of food justice activists speaking:
Lisa Mei Yook Woo of the Foodways Project
Agustin Bautista of Jumanji Farm
Ranette Iding of the Delridge Grocery Cooperative
What: Pie Party for Food Justice
When: Saturday, November 21, 2015, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Where: Union Cultural Center, 803 S. King St. Seattle (note new location!)
Why: To support the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group’s food justice advocacy and education work, learn, take action, and eat!
Suggested donation of $20 gets you four tickets, each good for a slice of pie or tasty libation. No one turned away for lack of funds.
RSVP here or on Facebook
Want to help? Sign up here to volunteer, become a sponsor, or donate a pie!
Donate at the door or online here!
Thanks to our pie donors: Flying Apron, Deborah's Homemade Pies, Wren Pies, Yippie-Pie-Yay, Pie, Aussie Pie Shop and Dahlia Bakery.
Thanks to our sponsor: Central Co-Op
The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed trade agreement between twelve Pacific rim countries. Among other things, the TPP aims to lower trade barriers such as tariffs. Congress voted in June to “fast-track” the negotiation process, leaving all negotiation up to the Obama administration. A final agreement is expected to be released next week, which Congress will then vote on without the ability to add amendments. Many advocates worry that the trade agreement will weaken the food sovereignty of communities in the US and abroad.
USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack argued in a recent article that “failing to grasp this opportunity would be a mistake: worse than just losing out on potential gains, our produces would fall behind other countries that are negotiating their own preferential arrangements in TPP countries.” The Secretary argued that the TPP will lead to greater demand for U.S. agricultural products and thus expand agricultural exports as a result. In theory, this will lead to stronger commodity prices and increase farm income. Secretary Vilsack also suggested that the rural economy will be strengthened due to the TPP creating more “good paying export-related jobs.”
Our allies at Farm Aid disagree. They write that “trade is something most Americans are inclined to support as long as it’s fair, equitable and to the benefit of all involved. But what’s on the table today will further grow the profits of huge corporations and siphon away wealth from America’s family farmers, our rural economies and farmers around the world”. Farm Aid reflects on the impacts of an earlier agreement, the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA. “A lesser-discussed consequence is how NAFTA, when paired with the 1996 Farm Bill that permanently eliminated farm price and supply management tools, caused U.S. commodity prices to plummet.” This led to the creation of the widely-criticized direct farm subsidy payment program (which has now been replaced by federally subsidized crop insurance).
Stay tuned for opportunities to take action when the final agreement is released.
Hi! I'm excited to be a service learning volunteer at the Northwest Farm Bill Action Group. My name is Bruno Fiorentini, I'm a sophomore at the University of Washington. I am an International Studies major and I'm trying to double major with Journalism.
I grew up in Brazil and I have lived in Australia and Singapore prior to Seattle. I've been living in Seattle since early 2014, I'm very interested in policy issues and hope to work in the future in a career where I can be directly involved with policy making.
I chose this service learning position because I believe that we can do more to support the farmers in the USA and we can also implement more sustainable and equitable farming techniques to improve our planet.