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Food and Farm Policy

The Slow Food USA Food and Farm Policy Community Action Team brings together diverse stakeholders from our network, and beyond, to advocate at every level of government for policies that will help forge the political, social, environmental, and economic links of a food chain that is good, clean and fair for all.   

Slow Food USA believes in the power of a food chain that is good, clean, and fair for all. It starts with our personal decisions about what food is on our plates and continues by advocating for federal, state, and local public policies that affect every aspect of the food chain, from field and sea to fork.  

The magnitude of the failings in our food chain is such that we cannot truly achieve our goals going it alone. Our decades of engagement lead us to the imperative of adding our voice to those of other, like-minded, organizations in  advocating for public food and farm policy that aligns with our beliefs and complements the on-the-ground programs and campaigns of our network.  

Disrupting fast and furious food systems by demanding a better Farm Bill

by Lindsay Troyer, Food and Farm Policy Community Action Team member and Policy Coordinator, Slow Food USASlow Food USA nurtures food justice through being a weaver of communities, a disruptor of injustice, a builder of relationships and a storyteller of our diverse...

The Farm Bill: Heat Stress Protections

By Nisreen Abo-SidoThe Farm Bill is one of the USA’s most comprehensive legislations on food and agriculture yet it leaves out farm workers. Agriculture is among one of the most dangerous industries in the country, with farm workers being 35 times more likely to...

Flustered by the Farm Bill? Here are Five Things to Know About it

By Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum, Slow Food USA Farm Bill Community OrganizerThe Farm Bill is not only the largest piece of legislation to dictate our food systems in the US, but it’s one of the most epic bills to pass through Congress. Every five years, our elected members...

The Policy of Child Nutrition

What’s the recipe for good, clean and fair food options in our nation’s schools? Learn from experts who are feeding students, researching policies, and implementing legislation to improve school nutrition programs.

Carbon Markets: Rewarding Small Farmers or Protecting Big Ag Polluters?

The Growing Climate Solutions Act of 2021 (GCSA), originally introduced in 2020 and revived by the 117th Congress, was passed by the Senate in June 2021. The bill aims to make it easier for “farmers, ranchers, and private forest landowners” to enter voluntary environmental credit markets, namely carbon markets.

Slow Food groups across the Americas send antiracist motion to International Congress

  The motion below was developed first by Slow Food Brasil, then expanded to include all Slow Food groups in the Americas. We will present this document to the International Congress in July, and again at Terra Madre in September. The purpose is to shift the...

5 things we learned about the AQUAA Act

By ERYN KELLY, SLOW FOOD USA POLICY COORDINATORWhat is Aquaculture?  Aquaculture is the cultivation and harvesting of aquatic plants and seafood. Done correctly, in balance with nature, it can be ecologically and economically successful in both freshwater ecosystems,...

White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health

  The content in this post was written in partnership and support from the following organizations: North American Marine Alliance, National Family Farm Coalition, Wallace Center, Rural Coalition, and Farm Action.   Intro to White House Listening Sessions...

20 food justice orgs tell White House: ensure upcoming food conference focuses on equity and justice

Slow Food USA and more than twenty like-minded, partnering organizations support the coming White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health. This Conference is only the second of its kind in our nation's history.  The first Conference, in 1969, led to...

Tell the USDA: Support local farmers and ranchers

Slow Food USA’s work to advance good, clean and fair food for all means that we support localizing American foodways to ease the burden of food travel and production on the environment and our food producers and workers. Right now, if you buy packaged meat and poultry...

Slow Food Live Recap: Winning A Fair Farm Bill

By Michelle DiMuzio, Communications CoordinatorLast week, Slow Food USA hosted its last Slow Food Live of the year, Winning a Fair Farm Bill. The panel discussed the successes and failures of past legal action, legislation, executive action, and existing programs...

This policy page will help keep you informed about food and farm challenges, opportunities, and times to be heard by policymakers. Learn more about our volunteer Policy Team, federal food and farm policy structures through our Policy 101 guide, and the policy issues of like-minded organizations that we support.



Updated Jan. 11, 2024

Food and Farm Policy Community Action Team

Our all-volunteer Food and Farm Policy team sets the tone for Slow Food USA’s annual work engaging with federal food legislation. They meet twice a month and play critical roles in deciding which bills to support, how to educate and engage our grassroots network about food systems change, and connect us to partner organizations and coalitions. 

Alexandra Spring
Alissa Bilfield
Antonio Tovar
Blake Spalding
Brett Rapkin-Citrenbaum
Carrie Balkcom
Charity Kenyon
Colles Stowell

Cynthia Walters
Dr. Stephanie Pocchia
Elizabeth Dubovsky
John Haddad
Keith Schildt
Lindsay Troyer
Reana Kim
Rev. Dr. Yvette R. Blair

Our Partners

Like minded organizations with whom we share beliefs and partner in advocating for a food chain that is Good, Clean and Fair for All