The U.S. Conference of Mayors
2007 ADOPTED RESOLUTIONS
CHILDREN, HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

REFORMING AMERICA'S AGRICULTURAL POLICY

WHEREAS, Mayors are committed to supporting agricultural reforms in the 2007 Farm Bill that will improve the health and protect the environment of all Americans through significantly strengthening Federal nutrition programs, improving access to healthy food for low income Americans, promoting environmental stewardship and conservation, and protecting our food supply; and

WHEREAS, there are major concerns about food and farming issues that affect the health of citizens in urban America because of increased levels of hunger and food insecurity in low-income populations, lack of access to healthy food in low income areas, chronic diseases related to poor diet such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases; and

WHEREAS, there are major environmental concerns that impact residents arising from distribution of agricultural products distributed through an inefficient food supply transportation network which contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and agricultural dependence on pesticides and chemically intensive production that contributes to air and water pollution, and dramatic losses of prime agricultural land in certain states due to urban sprawl, which threatens the preservation and protection of urban water sheds; and

WHEREAS, a strong agriculture conservation program in which city water utilities are full partners is critical to reducing the environmental impact of farming and to protecting watersheds and urban drinking water supplies,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the promotion of healthy diets for all residents, including strengthening incentives and infrastructure to encourage more fruit/vegetable production, organic farming, better access to fresh foods and investment in programs promoting healthy food, expansion of programs that help communities invest in retail markets, food-based businesses and increasing access to farmers markets, farm-to-cafeteria programs that bring the freshest, locally grown food into school lunch programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports increasing the minimum food stamp benefits, revising asset limits, removing the residency cap for legal non-citizens, simplifying the application and renewal process of the food stamp program, and developing incentives to encourage food stamp recipients to increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports strengthening The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and fully funding the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to strengthen and expand agriculture conservation programs as a strategic investment in our country's agricultural infrastructure, including improving air and water quality and the protection of urban water sheds, to sufficiently fund agriculture conservation programs and make water utility watershed management programs eligible for funding under the Partnerships and Cooperation Program; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors supports investments in infrastructure, entrepreneurship programs and facilities that process, distribute and develop value-added products using locally-grown commodities purchased from small and mid-sized local farmers to meet the demand for local, healthy food.

2007 The U.S. Conference of Mayors
Tom Cochran, Executive Director
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