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
Mitigating Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products
Comment Deadline: July 29, 2015
EPA is seeking comment on a proposal to adopt mandatory pesticide label restrictions to protect managed bees under contract pollination services from foliar applications of pesticides that are acutely toxic to bees on a contact exposure basis. These label restrictions would prohibit applications of pesticide products, which are acutely toxic to bees, during bloom when bees are known to be present under contract. EPA is also seeking comment on a proposal to rely on efforts made by states and tribes to reduce pesticide exposures through development of locally-based measures, specifically through managed pollinator protection plans. These plans would include local and customizable mitigation measures to address certain scenarios that can result in exposure to pollinators. EPA intends to monitor the success of these plans in deciding whether further label restrictions are warranted.
Farm to School Act of 2015
Comment Deadline: August 30, 2015
A bipartisan team in the House and Senate has introduced the Farm to School Act of 2015, a bill that will expand the highly successful USDA Farm to School Grant Program. The bill is a win-win-win for farmers, students, and communities – it increases children’s access to fresh foods, supports family farmers, and helps to build strong local food economies. Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Representatives Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) and Marcia Fudge (D-OH) have taken the lead in introducing this important bill, and with support from more members of Congress this ‘marker bill’ will become part of the Child Nutrition Act reauthorization package later this year!
Tell everyone in Congress that they should sign on to this bipartisan bill. Endorse the Farm to School Act of 2015 as a “citizen supporter” and show your support for the positive change it can bring to schools and communities nationwide. (If you represent an organization and want to also endorse the bill on your organization’s behalf, please use this letter instead.)Take action >>
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.