Academy Asks House and Senate to Work Together on Farm Bill

CHICAGO – The House of Representatives failed on May 18 to pass its farm bill, H.R. 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, opposed the House's version of the farm bill.

The House farm bill would have made numerous changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that are in contradiction to the Academy's position that systematic and sustained action is needed to achieve food and nutrition security in the U.S. SNAP is highly effective in preventing food insecurity and is linked with improved health and lower health care costs. SNAP helps one in eight Americans put food on the table and keeps more than 8 million people out of poverty, including nearly 4 million children.

"H.R. 2 had the potential to harm the health, nutrition and food security of millions of Americans," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Donna S. Martin. "We understand this is another step in a long process to bring the bill to fruition, and we are hopeful that the House and Senate will work together to advance a bill that strengthens important nutrition programs."

The Academy expects the Senate Agriculture Committee to release and advance its version of the farm bill in June, then head to the floor for a full Senate vote. The Academy urges the Senate and House to work in a bipartisan manner, and will continue to work with Congress to develop a farm bill that improves health for all, especially those most susceptible to experiencing food insecurity.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.