Adamah Farm Bill Campaign
A Just and Climate-Friendly 2023 Farm Bill Could Help the Food System…
∙ bring its emissions to net-zero by 2040
∙ adapt to a changing climate
∙ prioritize racial justice
∙ reduce food waste
∙ incentivize land, soil, and water conservation
∙ increase equitable access to healthy, fresh food
∙ uplift community-led land use and food sovereignty
The once-every-five-years Farm Bill authorization process is in full swing! This presents an historic opportunity to lower the nearly one third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spewed by the food system and reshape food production and distribution toward justice and equity.
Join a robust, intersectional movement from a Jewish perspective! There has never been a better time for working together on behalf of our food future.
Join us in advocating for a just and climate-friendly 2023 Farm Bill! The Farm Bill is a package of legislation with enormous impacts on all of us and on the planet. Congress is currently drafting an updated version to be voted on ahead of the previous bill’s scheduled expiration this Fall.
This process presents a historic opportunity to 1) lower the nearly one third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions spewed by the food system; 2) reshape food production and distribution toward justice and equity; and 3) lean into Jewish food and farming wisdom that paints a vision of food sovereignty for all.
Recently passed other legislation, including the game-changing Inflation Reduction Act, has laid the groundwork for decarbonizing our economy. Now it’s time to spring into collective action to build on this momentum, transforming our food system toward justice and climate resilience.
Ways to Take Action with Adamah’s Farm Bill Campaign
There will likely be drafts of the Farm Bill coming out of the House and Senate agriculture committees by mid-spring 2023 with votes hopefully coming in the fall of 2023. Keep an eye on your inbox and take action by calling your representatives to demand the passage of a robust bill full of climate solutions and justice initiatives.
Watch our webinar to learn more about the Farm Bill and how your voice can make a difference. Check out our supplement to the webinar PDF to understand how critical the Farm Bill is to our food system and how you can weigh in.
Take a few minutes to call your representatives and ask them to support The Agriculture Resilience Act, a roadmap for reducing emissions from agriculture to net-zero by 2040. This bill lays the groundwork for centering climate action and equity in the Farm Bill process moving forward. Make it easy and quick by using our handy script.
Building on centuries of Jewish wisdom, Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Z”L said:
“The opposite of good is not evil; the opposite of good is indifference. In a free society where terrible wrongs exist, some are guilty, but all are responsible.”
Terrible, fixable wrongs exist in the food system.
Thirty-five million people in the U.S. confronted hunger in 2019 while 30-40% of food produced was wasted, accounting for millions of tons of unnecessary pollution and trillions of gallons of irrigation water used to no effect.
While Heschel left us guidance on combating indifference and taking responsibility, he also taught us to wake up in the morning and feel the radical amazement of being alive, to seek happiness through wonder. Join us in eschewing the practice of doom scrolling through all that is wrong in favor of the very Jewish twin practices of action and awe.
When we start to see the choices that are not available, we can begin to see the role of political power in our daily lives. Who decides what options are available for us to choose in the first place?Dr. Leah Stokes, from her essay A Field Guide for Transformation in the All We Can Save anthology
Want to learn more about the brilliant work being done around food system reform and the opportunities ahead of us? Check out some recommended resources here.
We are grateful to our partners in food system advocacy with whom we work in coalition including the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition.