Don’t miss these items in local food and agriculture news from around our region:
This just in — an interview with Pavan Sukhdev: “People Care When They See the Cost: Evaluating Food Systems” by Brian Frederick, Research & Writing Fellow, Food Tank.
Pavan Sukhdev is the Founder-CEO of Gist-Advisory, a sustainability consultancy, and is on the Steering Committee for the new, groundbreaking report “The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food” (TEEBAgriFood). This report explores how to evaluate our agriculture and food systems while considering a range of social, human, and environmental impacts and dependencies along food value chains.
Food Tank had the opportunity to speak with Pavan Sukhdev about the TEEBAgriFood report, the consequences of our current food system, and the importance of properly evaluating those consequences to promote system change.
NATIONAL SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE COALITION (NSAC)
This just in — an update on the House Farm Bill from NSAC:
Last week…family farmers and grassroots advocates heard our call and defeated the toxic House Farm Bill! In the entire history of the farm bill, last week marked only the second time that a farm bill failed on the House floor. Now THAT’s people power in action!
The fight isn’t over yet, however. The House is scheduled to re-vote on their version of the farm bill by June 22, after they take up the controversial Goodlatte-McCaul immigration bill — legislation that fails to ensure fair wages, working conditions, or a path to citizenship for current or future agricultural workers.
Together we can and must stop the toxic House farm bill AND the anti-immigrant Goodlatte-McCaul bill.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition is committed to this fight, and committed to representing the millions of American farmers, agricultural workers, and families whose lives will be dramatically affected by the outcome of our next farm bill.
Support the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, and join the fight for an equitable, pro-farmer 2018 Farm Bill!
FARM TO INSTITUTION NEW ENGLAND (FINE)
SAVE THE DATE!
The Farm to Institution New England team is pleased to announce that their 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit will be held on April 2-4, 2019, at UMass Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts.
Thanks to FINE’s strong network of local and regional food system partners, their 2015 and 2017 summits were both tremendous successes. FINE is eager to once again serve as the principal summit host, working with many partners to bring our region the third biennial New England Farm to Institution Summit. Collectively, we are committed to curating an event that meets the needs of our growing and dynamic network of stakeholders to mobilize institutions to transform our food system.
The 2019 New England Farm to Institution Summit steering committee is already busy laying the groundwork for the summit theme, structure, outreach, and funding elements. We invite you to save the date and stay tuned for more information!
If you’re interested in having an active role in shaping the summit, contact FINE to learn more.