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Healthy Food and Funding Priorities

Why we need a National Food Policy, by James Harrison, Acting Director of The Food Project

I had the opportunity to hear Rep. Chellie Pingree from Maine speak about food policy at the Growing Power Conference, ”Urban & Small Farms: “Building a Fair Food Economy to Grow Healthy People” in November which I attended with The Food Project’s Root Crew members Debbie J. and Dom N. During her keynote presentation, Congresswoman Pingree shared this infographic.


This illustration is an amazingly simple and clear depiction of the profound disconnect between what we know to be true about the importance of healthy food vs. what our government is currently prioritizing and funding. The costs of this failure and disconnect are staggering and are paid for with the health of the land and in human lives.     

During the Tweet Chat on December 3 with Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, and the Union of Concerned Scientists Food and Environment Director Ricardo Salvador about creating a National Food Policy  participants tweeted  “A stunning visual depiction of why a NFP is so sorely needed”  with the image. The idea of creating a National Food Policy is such an important conversation and one that I encourage us all to follow and be part of. To read the full article from UCS about why we need a National Food Policy click here. For the transcript of the TweetChat, click here.


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