For Immediate Release: May 18, 2018
Washington, DC – HR 2, the House version of the 2018 Farm Bill, came to the House floor for a vote today and failed, 198-213. Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is one of more than 500 organizations who voiced opposition the House bill, including farmer organizations, advocates for rural communities and hunger and social justice groups. Thousands of PAN’s supporters across the country voiced their opposition to the bill and urged their Representatives not to support it. Though there is still a possibility of another vote on the legislation, PAN joins our partners in celebrating the fact that Congress chose to say “no” to a flawed Farm Bill today.
PAN’s Executive Director Kristin Schafer released the following statement:
“The opposition to this Farm Bill was so wide and deep that in the end, Congress could not ignore it. This flawed bill would have taken our food and farming system in entirely the wrong direction. It did nothing to support struggling family farmers, instead keeping the now-failing model of chemical-intensive, corporate agriculture firmly in place.
“We hope lawmakers will take this opportunity to go back to the drawing board and create a Farm Bill that encourages sustainable on-farm innovation and strengthens — rather than rolls back — pesticide protections for workers, rural communities, and pollinators.
“We’re falling far, far behind on the global stage, as policymakers continue to double down on a system of food and farming that is depleting our soil, contaminating our water and air, and decimating rural communities. The Farm Bill is an opportunity to spark the changes we need, and it’s time for Congress to get it right.”
PAN’s Food & Farm Platform is available here.
Paul Towers, 916-216-1082, firstname.lastname@example.org