Have you been to the grocery store and wondered why the price of milk, bread and other staple food items are burning a hole in your wallet? Food prices increased 3.9% in February 2011, the highest jump in 36 years. Most of that increase was due to a sharp rise in vegetable costs, which increased nearly 50 percent.
The U.S. Farm Bill currently costs taxpayers billions of dollars. The Farm Bill dramatically influences all aspects of the food we eat such as the price we pay, what is grown on millions of acres of farmland, and how it is grown. The facts are out there and the bottom line is this – if we don’t organize, what say will we have in the future as consumers about our food future?
We are delighted to announce that we are partnering with the esteemed conservation leader, the Izaak Walton League, and local organizations to host a number of forums across Missouri on America’s Food Future. At these events, you can join the conversation about the next Food Bill. It is a 5-stop Missouri tour and I hope you can come to the forum near you!