Food Policy

Food policy is concerned with how food is produced, processed, distributed, and purchased. The roots of food policy can be traced back to 1933, when the first Farm Bill was developed in response to the profound hunger and poverty caused by the Great Depression. The Farm Bill—food policy’s largest piece of legislation—is reevaluated every five years, and its recommendations affecting rural development, nutrition, commodities, conservation, and livestock remain the core of agricultural policy in the United States.

Beyond the Farm Bill, food policy also encompasses other national concerns such as the obesity epidemic and encouraging healthy eating habits. When President Obama took office in 2008, First Lady Michelle Obama quickly mobilized to plant a White House vegetable garden and launch the Let's Move! campaign to combat childhood obesity.

Food & Water Watch // Food & Water Watch works to ensure the food, water and fish we consume is safe, accessible and sustainably produced.

Restaurant Opportunities Centers United // ROC's mission is to improve wages and working conditions for the nation's restaurant workforce.

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