June 4th is the deadline for sign-on
Dear Health Professional:
An increasing number of scientists, physicians and policy analysts are
implicating a misguided Farm Bill in
the epidemic of obesity and diet-related disease in the U.S.
The Farm Bill is a complex, omnibus bill that accounts for tens of billions
of dollars in spending each year -- everything from Food Stamps to
agricultural research and support programs for corn and soybean farmers.
Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill every 5 years or so, and this is the
year. In fact, the critical pieces of the 2007 Farm Bill will be put into
place over the next 8 weeks.
For the last 3 decades, our Farm Bills have promoted overproduction of cheap
grains and soybeans, which in turn contributes to our schools and
communities being flooded with high calorie, nutrient poor, highly processed
foods made from the cheap starches, added fats and sweeteners derived from
these commodity crops.
Michael Pollan, author of the bestselling Omnivore's Dilemma, has wondered
aloud why we can't make the Farm Bill into a Food Bill?
We ask that you sign onto the attached letter to let those in Congress know
that you as a health professional are, in fact, interested in the Farm Bill
-- both what it does now, and more importantly what it could do in the
future to better protect public health and agriculture.
If you choose to add your name to this important letter, please reply by
Monday, June 4th to David Wallinga, MD. at <mailto:email@example.com>
Include your name, credentials (e.g. MD, RN, RD), city and state of
residence. These will be reproduced on the letter. Also for identification
purposes only, you may include your institutional affiliation.
Thank you for your attention .
Fern Gale Estrow, MS, RD, CDN
The FGE Food and Nutrition Team
200 West 18th Street
New York, New York 10011