Chefs, nutrition experts object to proposed farm bill

Open letter to Congress released by Environmental Working Group

July 30—More than 60 leading chefs, authors, food and agriculture policy and nutrition experts, business leaders and environment and health organizations have sent an open letter to Capitol Hill objecting that the House agriculture committee’s proposed farm bill would “steer the next five years of national food and farm policy in the wrong direction,” according to the Environmental Working Group.

In a press release sent out last week, EWG said the letter urged lawmakers “to vote a resounding ‘no’ should the legislation come to a House floor vote [before the August recess], unless the bill is extensively rewritten through the amendment process.”

Signers include Chefs Mario Batali and Ann Cooper, Food Inc. film director Robert Kenner, authors Michael Pollan and Laurie David, New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle, pediatrician Dr. Harvey Karp and medical expert Dr. Andrew Weil.