Target: Barbara Boxer, California House of Representatives
Goal: Provide funding to support organic farmers and pollinators
The House of Representatives is currently debating a variety of amendments to the new Farm Bill. Up for discussion are two important topics that include organic farming and pollinators, including honey bees. These are both important to the future of healthy, sustainable agriculture.
Organic farming is a method that relies on crop rotation, green manure, compost, and biological pest control, ensuring the safety and nutritional value of their products. This farming method aims for sustainability and the health and well-being of the customer. A number of vital organic farming programs received full funding under the Senate Farm Bill, however they are not currently funded under the House Farm Bill. Ask the House of Representatives to ensure that these vital organic farming programs continue to receive funding under the new Farm Bill.
The other important farming issue at hand is the protection of pollinators. Over the past ten years or so, pollinators, including honey bees, have suffered record-high population losses. One in every three bites of food we take is reliant on bees and other pollinators for pollination, proving our reliance on pollinators for the food we eat. Without them, our food supply, agricultural economy, and environment will suffer greatly. Tell the House of Representatives how important the protection of the pollinator population is, and encourage them to provide funding and programming in order to preserve the pollinator population.
Take action to protect organic farmers and pollinators in order to ensure a healthy, sustainable future.
Dear Barbara Boxer,
Organic farming is an important practice that provides healthy, sustainable food for our communities. Under the new Farm Bill, several important issues are up for discussion in regards to organic farming. First, vital organic farming programs were fully funded under the Senate Farm Bill, however now these programs are not funded under the House Farm Bill. Please continue to fund these organic farming programs and invest in the future of healthy, sustainable living.
Pollinators are another important issue to be discussed concerning the new Farm Bill. Pollinators, including honey bees, have suffered great population losses over the past decade, putting our environment, agriculture, and food supply in grave danger. One in every three bites of food we take is reliant on bees, proving the importance of pollination to our food supply. Ensure that funding is also allotted for the preservation and protection of the pollinator population, to protect our food supply.
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