Groups seek president’s attention to food safety in upcoming Farm Bill

This is an excerpt from a letter sent to President Biden earlier this month by a coalition of 150 groups. The topic of the letter was the upcoming negotiation of the Farm Bill, which includes many topics. Here is the section of the letter related to food safety.

Every five years, Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill, a wide-ranging piece of legislation that affects every part of our food system. The next Farm Bill should reflect your values ​​and build on your administration’s actions to date to reduce economic inequality, bridge the nation’s racial divides, end hunger, confronting the climate crisis, improve nutrition and food safety, and protect and support farmers, workers, and communities.

Such a Farm Bill should:

Ensure the Safety of Our Food Supply – thousands of people in our country die every year from foodborne illness and millions more are sickened by pathogens in meat, poultry, produce, and drinking water. Recent food safety failures have highlighted gaps in our food safety net that place consumers at no risks from pathogens. Your Farm Bill must do more to address pathogens that originate on factory farms and to make the US food supply safe for everyone.

President Biden, the undersigned organizations call on you to demand a transformative Farm Bill that fully reflects these values, and that you can be proud to sign.


A Better Balance

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Access East


Agricultural Justice Project

Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA)

A Growing Culture

Alabama State Association of Cooperatives

American Grassfed Association

American Federation of Government Employees, Local 3354

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME)

American Indian Mothers Inc.

American Sustainable Business Network

Association for the Study of African American History (ASALH Rochester)

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Appetite For Change

Broadway Community, Inc.

California Climate & Agriculture Network (CalCAN)

California Environmental Voters

California FarmLink

Castanea Fellowship

Center for Food Safety

Center for Science in the Public Interest

Center for Wellness and Nutrition (Public Health Institute)

Certified Naturally Grown

City Harvest

Climate Crisis Policy

Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Coastal Enterprises, Inc.

Coming Clean

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)

Community Food Advocates

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

Compañeras Campesinas

Consumer Federation of America

Cultivate Charlottesville

Detroit Food Policy Council


Economic Policy Institute

Environmental & Public Health Consulting

Environmental Working Group

Equity Advocates

Fair Food Network

Fair World Project

Family Farm Defenders

Farm Action

Farm Aid

Farm to Table – New Mexico

Farmers Market Coalition

Farmworker Association of Florida

Farmworker Justice

Fertile Ground

Food & Water Watch

Food Animal Concerns Trust (FACT)

Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

Food Chain Workers Alliance


Food for the Spirit

Food Insight Group

Friends of the Earth

Friends of the Mississippi River

GC Resolve

Georgia Foundation for Agriculture

Georgia Organics

Glynwood Center for Regional Food and Farming

Good Food For All Coalition

Government Accountability Project – Food Integrity Campaign

Grazing Reform Project

Green America

Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities

Hand, Heart, and Soul Project, Inc.

Health Care Without Harm

HEAL (Health, Environment, Agriculture, Labor) Food Alliance

Hempstead Project Heart

Illinois Stewardship Alliance

Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT)

Iowa Environmental Council

Iowa Interfaith Power & Light

Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future

Kansas Black Farmers Association

Kansas Rural Center

Land Loss Prevention Project

Land Stewardship Project

La Semilla Food Center

League of Conservation Voters

Los Jardines Institute




Michigan Food and Farming Systems

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Black Food & Justice Alliance

National Council for Occupational Safety and Health

National Employment Law Project

National Farm to School Network

National Latino Farmers & Ranchers Trade Association

National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition

National Young Farmers Coalition

Natural Resources Defense Council

Nebraska Appleseed

NETWORK Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

New Orleans Food Policy Action Council

Northeast Organic Dairy Producers Alliance

Northeast Organic Farming Association-Interstate Council

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire (NOFA-NH)

Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY)

Northwest Center for Alternatives to Pesticides

Nourish Colorado

Office of Kat Taylor

Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

Oklahoma Black Historical Research Project, Inc.

Oregon Climate and Agriculture Network

Oregon Tilt

Organic Farming Research Foundation

Organic Seed Alliance

Oxfam America

Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm

Pasa Sustainable Agriculture

Phi Global Farms

Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste / Northwest Tree-Plants and Farmworkers United


Pinnacle Prevention

Pesticide Action Network

Plant Based Foods Institute

Post Carbon Institute

Progress Michigan

Public Justice

Rebirth Inc.

RegeNErate Nebraska

Resilience Project

Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union

Restaurant Opportunities Centers (ROC) United

Rowan Food and Farm Network

Roots of Change

Rufty-Holmes Senior Center

Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA (RAFI-USA)

Rural Coalition

Savanna Institute

Sierra Club

Slow Food USA

Small Planet Institute

Socially Responsible Agriculture Project

Society of Behavioral Medicine

Sooner Food Group

Soul Fire Farm Institute

Springfield Food Policy Council

Student Action with Farmworkers

Sustainable Farming Association

Sustainable Food Center

Sustainable Food & Farming Program, UMASS Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Sustainable Iowa Land Trust (SILT)

The Farmers BAG

The Georgia Farm to School Alliance

The Land Institute

TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation

Toxic Free North Carolina

Trust for Public Land


Union of Concerned Scientists

United Food and Commercial Workers International Union


Virginia Association for Biological Farming

Wallace Center at Winrock International

Wholesome Wave

Wild Farm Alliance

Women, Food and Agriculture Network

Women’s Voices for the Earth

Worker Justice Alliance

Working Landscapes

Workplace Fairness

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