Food and Farm Leaders Plan Congressional Scorecard

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For Immediate Release: 
Thursday, June 14, 2012

Washington, D.C. — National leaders in food and farm policy have taken steps to form a new nonprofit organization that for the first time will hold lawmakers in Congress accountable for their votes on a broad range of issues, including food safety, farm subsidies, nutrition assistance, farm animal welfare, fisheries management, organic and local food, farm and food worker justice, and the impacts of food and farm policies on the environment.

The new 501c(4) organization will publish the first National Food Policy Scorecard in the fall of 2012. The scorecard will be based on floor votes taken in the House and Senate during the 112th Congress, including amendments proposed to the farm bill currently under consideration by the Senate.

The scorecard will be widely disseminated to educate the public about the voting records of their representatives and senators on important food and agriculture policy legislation.

National leaders engaged in legislative efforts to address America’s broken food and agriculture system are founding the organization. The formal launch of the new organization will take place later this year.