What's at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill? Health, Innovation and Equity

About the webinar

Named one of "Nine Innovative Food Websites You Can't Live Without" by Forbes, IATP's What's at Stake Series takes a fresh look at seven key issues for the 2012 Farm Bill. As debate of the 2012 farm bill continues, this webinar will highlight three key issues from the IATP series: health, equity and publicly funded research. Jennifer Billig will discuss how food and agricultural policy is disconnected from concerns for public health even though the health impacts of the farm bill are considerable. Food and Community Fellow and New Mexico farmer Don Bustos will focus on justice and equity issues in the farm bill. In particular, he will discuss inequitable support for socially disadvantaged farmers, many of whom grow fruits and vegetables. Mark Muller will discuss how public research heavily influences the small price differences that sway important decisions, including those made by corporations about what food products to develop and market, as well as those made by consumers about what to feed their families.

Presentation Slides


Jennifer Billig

Tula Collaborative

Jennifer Billig is a creative, energetic, results-oriented leader with 20-years experience in government, community and nonprofit settings seeking opportunities to create community impact through…

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Don Bustos

Don Bustos has more than twenty years' experience as a farmer and operates a certified organic family farm in Espanola. He was named the New Mexico Farmer of the Year in 2006, the New Mexico…

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Mark Muller

The McKnight Foundation

Mark Muller is director of the Mississippi River program at The McKnight Foundation. Prior to joining McKnight as a program officer, Muller worked for 14 years at the Institute for Agriculture and…

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Posted June 26, 2012