Sunday January 29th the Museum of Science hosted a “teach in” about the U.S. Farm Bill, which is up for renewal in 2012. Part of a year-long series on food policy, systems, and sustainability called Let’s Talk About Food, the event drew over 200 Boston residents. Keynote addresses were made by Marion Nestle, esteemed New York University professor and author of Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health, Safe Food: The Politics of Food Safety, and What to Eat; and U.S. Representative Chellie Pingree, a member of the Congress Agriculture Committee, committed to reforming farm policy with the interests of small farmers and consumers in mind.
Ms. Nestle analyzed the Farm Bill from a historical perspective, tracing its depression era origins to its modern day subsidy of large agribusiness, while Ms. Pingree provided both political context and strategy for transformation. In attendance were several New England stakeholders including the Boston Public Schools Farm to School Team, The Boston Collaborative for Food and Fitness, The Maine Farmland Trust, The American Farmland Trust, The Food Project, Project Bread, The New England Farmers Union, The Northeast Organic Farming Association, and The New Entry Sustainable Farming Project.
For more information on the Museum of Science Let’s Talk About Food Series, check out their website here.
Visit Marion Nestle’s Blog, Food Politics, here.