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Moving Forward on GMO Labeling Legislation

5 June 2013

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By Cassidy Bennett, Website and Communications Intern As the Farm Bill painfully moves through the Senate and the House, hopefully to be passed before the recess in July, progress is being made across the nation for food justice. On Monday, June 3, Connecticut state legislature passed a law (134 yes to 3 no) to require […]

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Starving College Student

5 June 2013

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By Danielle Rodgers, Membership and Outreach Intern My recent excursion into the food stamp system has left me scratching my head. Prior to writing and researching this project I knew barley anything about food stamps, and the means to enroll into the program. I have known many people who were on food stamps, but what sparked […]

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Continuing Resolution and the Broader Budget Battle

25 March 2013

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By Sabrina Peterson and Jessy Gill Congress passed a stop-gap Continuing Resolution (CR) to continue funding federal programs through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2013. The CR was passed with the federal government on the verge of a crippling shutdown with the approaching expiration of the current CR on March 27. The House of Representatives passed […]

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Senate Democratic Budget Plan Includes Fix to Farm Bill Extension Fiasco

21 February 2013

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Guest Blog by Ferd Hoefner, Policy Director at the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition Background – The Farm Bill Extension The farm bill extension approved by Congress on New Year’s Day left many critical programs without any funding for 2013.  Thrown overboard in the final deal struck between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Vice […]

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Welcome to L.A.

12 December 2012

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Erin Middleton, Community Outreach Specialist CFJC spent the week before Thanksgiving in Los Angeles, along with the Healthy Farms Healthy Peoples Coalition Coordinator, and had a number of conversations with coalition partners about the food justice movement, particularly in the LA region.  A few overarching themes surfaced regarding some of the critical  “whats” and “hows” […]

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Coming Home

6 August 2012

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By Lauren Anderson, CFJC Food Policy Research Intern I left this country disheartened and returned the same way.  When I left Florida in 2009, I was tired of living in a state governed by George W’s little brother during the Bush administration. Tired of watching our development-driven economy forsake the environment for suburban sprawl, only […]

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Equity First

15 May 2012

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By Y. Armando Nieto, Executive Director, May 2012 Newsletter My Dear Friends: The latest word from D.C. is that the 2012 Senate Farm Bill will hit the floor in the beginning of June. This week, the House is holding hearings in preparation for its version of a 2012 Farm Bill. And while most readers of […]

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Eat-In at UCSB: Demanding our right to local, healthy food with community in mind!

7 May 2012

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By Marissa Diebolt, UCSB Student At 11:45 am on the morning of Thursday, April 26th, 2011, I was thinking to myself, “Please, let this work.” Standing in the middle of the Arbor at UCSB gazing at the white tablecloths running down the length of our dining table seated for 75 people, freshly picked flowers in […]

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Take Action on Food and Farm Policy!

27 April 2012

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Feel the rush of direct democracy! See what policies our partner organizations are advocating for: California California Cottage Law: allow for the sale of non-potentially hazardous foods prepared in a home kitchen (Sustainable Economies Law Center) Various food and nutrition policies (California Food Policy Advocates) Hold Pesticide Lobby Accountable: ask USDA to release 2010’s pesticide […]

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GMO Labeling Efforts at State and National Levels

19 April 2012

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By Jessy Gill, CFJC Volunteer Intern The Vermont House Agricultural Committee is dragging their feet on passing a legislative bill that would require labeling all Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in the State of Vermont. Five out of six of the Committee members are in favor of the bill, and they have received immense support in […]

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Executive Director Message – April

17 April 2012

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My Dear Friends: This is a big week where federal food policy is concerned. While the Senate Agriculture Committee under Chair Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) prepares to finalize a Farm Bill budget, the House continues its process to implement draconian measures that will adversely affect the dinner plate of every person in the country. By now […]

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Food Trucks Being Targeted By State Assembly

2 March 2012

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Anita Wong, CFJC Intern I remember growing up in the Eastlake neighborhood of East Oakland and attending a local elementary school that had food carts doing their rounds every day after school. They offered a variety of cheap food items, including ice cream, popsicles, chips, and sodas and juices. My favorite snack I used to […]

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