The saga of the Federal Farm Bill (AKA ‘Food Bill’, which is what local food advocates prefer to call it), has reached a new level of uncertainty. The Senate approved a new Farm Bill, which continued most of the important reforms made in the 2008 Farm Bill, added some important provisions that promote local healthy […]
Hunger Free Community
United Way of King County has boldly announced a goal of making King County a hunger free community. The City Council applauds this goal, and on March 15, I was a plenary speaker at a Hunger Action Forum convened by United Way, the Seattle Food Council, and the Meals Partnership Coalition to look at strategies [...]
Climate Neutral Blog Post 16: The Intersection of Food and Climate
As I noted in an earlier post in this series, the food system and agriculture generate somewhere between 15% and 20% of America’s carbon emissions (depending on the study and what it counts). American food travels an average of 1500 miles from farm to plate. Then there is the processing, storage, marketing, packaging, and shopping [...]
Seattle Successes at National League of Cities
Last week the National League of Cities (NLC) held its annual conference, and Seattle won two victories in the voting on Saturday, November 12. Our first success came when I was elected to a two-year term as one of 18 new and reelected members of the Board of Directors chosen to represent the more than [...]
National League of Cities takes Seattle’s lead and adopts Farm Bill resolution
The National League of Cities (NLC) passed a far-reaching resolution, "Supporting Healthy Food, Public Health, and Sustainability Practices in the 2012 Farm Bill," calling for a new Federal Farm Bill that emphasizes supporting regional food systems, healthy food, sustainable agriculture, and social justice for farmers and farm workers.
National League of Cities elects Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin to Board of Directors
On Saturday, November 12, Seattle City Council President Richard Conlin was elected to a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors of the National League of Cities (NLC). Councilmember Conlin is one of 17 new board members chosen by the annual NLC convention to represent the more than 1,600 member municipalities, governing the organization. Conlin is the first Seattle elected official to serve on the NLC Board since former Councilmember Sue Donaldson, who served in 1997-1998.