A bill introduced Tuesday develops equity, health, and the environment as farm bill priorities, and benefits specialty crops.
Reps. Dennis Cardoza, D-Cal., Adam Putnam, R-Fla., John Salazar, D-Co., Rick Larsen, D-Wash., and Kevin McCarthy, R-Cal., introduced the Equitable Agriculture Today for a Healthy America Act, or as bill supporters tag it, the EAT Healthy America Act. The bill also has bipartisan support from a number of co-sponsors.
Some of the issues the act addresses include: competitiveness in agricultural markets; nutrition programs, including the USDA Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program in schools; increased research investment for specialty crops; increased funding and expanded programs to protect against invasive pests; and a number of environmental guards for restoring wetlands, enhancing habitat, and protecting agricultural land against suburban sprawl.
"The EAT Healthy America Act will help make health, equity and the environment a central focus of the 2007 Farm Bill," says Scott Faber, farm policy campaign director for Environmental Defense. "Our farmers and ranchers are eager to solve
"This bill is a comprehensive farm bill package that provides the necessary framework to enhance the competitiveness of the specialty crop industry and increase consumer consumption of fruits and vegetables," says