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Food Fight 2012: Why the Farm Bill Matters to All of Us

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

 

Join us for a free public event with author Daniel Imhoff and Congressman Earl Blumenauer in conversation about the Farm Bill, why it matters to you, and what you can do about it.

Food Fight 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 5:30–7:30 pm
Ecotrust, 721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR  MAP IT!

Presentations from 5:30-6:30 pm
Wine Reception with Salmon-Safe certified Tyee Cellars 6:30–7:30 pm

Presented by Ecotrust, Friends of Family Farmers, Watershed Media, and Salmon-Safe and sponsored by Tyee Wine Cellars, Organic ValleySlow Food Portland, and Hotlips PizzaThis event is free and open to the public. Space is limited and seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.

More about Food Fight 2012

According to Michael Pollan, “Nothing could do more to reform America’s food system, and by doing so, improve the condition of America’s environment and public health, than if citizens were to weigh in on the Farm Bill.”

The Farm Bill is one of the least understood and most important pieces of legislation in the United States. It allocates funding for Food Stamps, conservation practices, and farm subsidies. The 2008 Farm Bill is set to expire September 30 of this year, so Congress will spend the next few months debating obscure policies and ultimately determining what we will eat for the next five years. Anyone who eats or pays taxes needs to learn what’s at stake.

Daniel Imhoff is the author of many books on food, farming, and the environment. His latest book, Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, is a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to food and farm policy for the average citizen.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer represents Oregon’s third district in the U.S. House of Representatives. His report Growing Opportunities: Family Farm Values for Reforming the Farm Bill outlines reforms that would make the Farm Bill better for everyone from the taxpayer to the farmer.

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