Can food policy reform benefit health, environment, economy?

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The nation’s food system is out of balance. . . . The federal government provides subsidies that help keep junk food cheap and drive up rates of chronic health problems — like obesity, diabetes, and even cancer. . . the next President will have to take bold action to address this challenge.

. . . .That’s why a group of allied organizations have launched Plate of the Union. . . . to amplify the voice of millions of Americans who care about food and farm issues.

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. . . .The crisis is perpetuated by government policies created and maintained by powerful lobbyists. . . . The consequences are all around us — from climate change to polluted waterways to sub-minimum wages for food workers. . .For the first time in a century, children born in the 2000s had a lower life expectancy than their parents, thanks to spiking rates of obesity and diet-related diseases.

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There are some obvious first steps that the next President can take in his/her first year in office to begin reforming our food system. . . .

1. Stand with working families: Commit to ensuring that all Americans have access to healthy, affordable food.

2. Keep our kids healthy: Stop companies from marketing junk food to kids and end subsidies that support processed junk food.

3. Support farmers to grow healthy food: Realign agricultural subsidies to match the U.S. government’s fruit and vegetable recommendations, and expand incentives for sustainable practices.

4. Protect food and farm workersEnd Fair Labor Standards exemptions for farmworkers, raise the minimum wage for all food workers, and eliminate the subminimum wage for restaurant workers.

5. Keep antibiotics working: Ban the practice of feeding antibiotics to farm animals that are not sick.

Read full, original post: Reform the Nation’s Food System

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