Source: American Farmland Trust
Although the American Farmland Trust supports the Child Nutrition Act, it is critical that reauthorizing CNA will take funding from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). AFT believes these cuts would unfairly pit agriculture against children. AFT argues that the country needs healthy farmland and healthy food.
"American Farmland Trust supports the Child Nutrition Act — because it represents opportunities to better serve children and farmers. But we must make sure that farmers have support for maintaining the health of farmland, which is a key ingredient in producing healthy food. We must do the right thing on both accounts, to find ways to have healthy kids and healthy farms," said Jon Scholl, president of American Farmland Trust (AFT).
"The Senate Agriculture Committee has approved a proposal to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act (CNA) with part of the funding being taken from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP)," continued Scholl. "On the one hand this legislation is key to improving the availability of healthy foods in our nation's schools through such initiatives as the Farm to School program. On the other hand, we must remember that we have no food without farmland, and we must do all that we can to insure that we steward the health of our nation's farmland, too."
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