The FOOD and FARM BILL: Why New York City Cares
The Food and Farm Bill is the single greatest influence on what we eat. It determines how billions are spent shaping our food system, from producer to consumer. We, in New York City (NYC), have an enormous stake in the Food and Farm Bill. Eight million of us spend $30 billion annually on food.[i]
Yet, hunger persists in NYC. An all-time high of 1.84 million NYC residents rely on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as Food Stamps, and 1.4 million of us rely on emergency food.[ii] One in six of us, including more than 400,000 of our children live in households facing food insecurity.[iii] Many of us find unhealthy food far more accessible than healthy food. The nutrition safety net does not meet the needs of our hungry neighbors.
- Farm Bill past expiration date (theconscientiousomnivore.wordpress.com)
- What’s at Stake with the Farm Bill in Limbo? (article-3.com)
- If you care about food, the future, or other people, you need to care about the Farm Bill (slate.com)