232286 Aligning Public Health and Sustainable Agriculture Goals in the Farm Bill

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 4:50 PM - 5:10 PM

Ferd Hoefner , Policy Director, National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Washington, DC
This presentation arises from a growing collaboration between the sustainable agriculture and public health communities, in recognition of joint goals pertaining to the Farm Bill. It will begin with an overview of what is meant by sustainable agriculture. In addition to outlining key ways the Farm Bill can be used to promote sustainable agriculture goals, it will provide a more in-depth discussion of commodity policies and their impacts on public health, particularly on environmental public health. The presentation will discuss the complexity of understanding how Farm Bill subsidy dollars may translate to public health impacts, and will describe the inequalities in distribution of farm bill subsidies, both in terms of farm size and geography, and also in terms of the corporate concentration to which they contribute to further down the line. The presentation concludes with findings from a joint process to identify synergies between sustainable agriculture and public health priorities in the Farm Bill.

Learning Areas:
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe specific titles in the Farm Bill and the programs' general impact on public health and the environment. Identify overlapping objectives of the public health and sustainable agriculture communities in the Farm Bill. Identify next steps towards a public health and sustainable agriculture alliance in the Farm Bill and the 2012 Farm Bill reauthorization timeline.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in public policy on farm, food, and environmental issues at the federal level for the past 33 years, including each of the past 7 multiyear omnibus federal farm bills.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.