It might be nice to mention this document and invite
people to respond.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, July 08, 2005 12:49 PM
To: Hill, Chris
Subject: New Nation Campaign Policy Tool: Commodity
Policy Principles and Criteria
I am very pleased to announce that the National Campaign's
Commodity Policy Dialogue has finalized an excellent
piece of collaborative work that should serve our partners,
the sustainable agriculture movement, and us very well
in the months and years ahead.
Titled "Desired Principles and Criteria for Evaluating
the Sustainability of Future U.S. Commodity Policies,"
this document is the outcome of 40 diverse organizations
working together to articulate and agree on a set of
core principles that will help guide the National Campaign's
policy development efforts during the 2007 Farm Bill
debate and well beyond.
These principles focus on the concepts of economic
stability, equity, environmental stewardship, food systems
and an integrated approach to federal policy. Each principle
includes a set of basic evaluative questions that can
be used as criteria to assess policy proposals now and
in the future.
I am excited to circulate this practical and visionary
policy tool, which represents the best of the National
Campaign's multi-sector, grassroots-up policy development
process, and I applaud the fine work of the many participating
groups, so ably facilitated by Patrick Field of the
Consensus Building Institute and coordinated by independent
consultant Kathy Lawrence. We hope you will find these
principles and evaluative questions both inspirational
and useful in your own work, and we'd love to get your
feedback on them. (You can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Through development of these principles, and other
documents still in progress, Dialogue participants are
urging that the 2007 Farm Bill be revised to promote
some of the core values embodied in original commodity
policies dating back to the 1930's and 40's: appropriate
government regulation to ensure fair markets for farmers,
protection for consumers from price gouging and unsafe
food, and promotion of agricultural practices that protect
and enhance the environment.
Over the course of this summer and early fall, participants
will be finalizing a synthesis report on the full Dialogue
process for broad distribution, as well as an integrated
package of policy goals that participating groups agree
to further develop and pursue together.
To download the Principles and Criteria, click on this
link, or cut and paste it directly into your web browser:
For background information on why the National Campaign
is convening this Commodity Policy Dialogue, and for
a list of participating organizations, go to: http://www.agmatters.net/Commodity/FINALCPDProposalSpring2005.doc