Public influence and participation is a critical part in advocating for a sustainable food system that serves people and planet. We’ve seen firsthand how public support for smart policies that protect our environment, create economic opportunities for farmers and make our food production more sustainable makes a difference. Learn more about how you can support our work and make your voice be heard on big issues.
Current Take Action Opportunities
Fall 2015 National Organic Standards Board Meeting
Public Oral Comment via Webinar: October 13 & October 20 (1:00pm – 4:00 pm EST)
The NOSB Board will hold two webinars at which it will receive public comment. A face-to-face meeting will be held October 26-29, 2015, from approximately 9:00 a.m. to approximately 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The deadline to reserve a spot for public comment is October 5. You can reserve a spot on-line here.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act
Our partners at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) and the National Farm to School Network (NFSN) have diligently been working to advance farm to school priorities in the 2015 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act, with the shared goal of supporting stronger communities, healthier children and resilient farms. Congress needs to build on the success of farm to school by strengthening and expanding the program’s scope and by providing additional mandatory funding. Learn more about the Farm to School Act of 2015.
Expand Public Funding for Sustainable Agriculture
The USDA depends on public volunteer participation to serve on different panels that help prioritize projects up for public funds. As a grant reviewer – relevant subject expertise is necessary to be considered for service – you can help ensure sustainable agriculture projects that yield high-impact results help support change in our food system. In addition, reviewers with expertise on organic and sustainable food production draw attention to the importance our collective work on these issues.
Protection for Pollinators from Harmful Neonic Pesticides
The Center for Food Safety is leading efforts to follow up on a Presidential Memorandum from the summer of 2014 that outlined a plan to “promote the health of honey bees and the pollinators” with a federal task force. More than 100 agricultural crops in the United States are dependent on pollinators for successful growth and harvest. Organic agriculture continues to lead the way on creating safe habitats for pollinator species, but more needs to be done to protect these incredible creatures and our food system.