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Questions for Congressional District 1 Candidates

Rhode Island’s food system matters!

Candidates running for Rhode Island’s Congressional District 1 seat are invited to answer our short questionnaire to share your thoughts about important issues that will impact a sector that represents $12B in annual sales (including $600M from seafood) and employs nearly 64,000 Rhode Islanders. Meanwhile, 1/3 of our neighbors are food insecure and we throw over 100K tons of compostable food waste into the landfill each year.¬†

Please click here to share your responses to these questions.

  1. Are you aware that the latest Farm Bill omnibus is up for renewal, revision and reauthorization in 2023?
  2. Have you had the opportunity to review any of the marker bills regarding agriculture that have been submitted for this year’s Farm Bill? If so, which do you think would be best for Rhode Island and why?
  3. While the Farm Bill covers some food and agriculture, in the past as much as 75% of the spending is dedicated to nutrition spending. Have you had the opportunity to review any of those marker bills? If so, which do you think would be best for Rhode Island and why?
  4. Rhode Island’s state food strategy — Relish Rhody — represents a roadmap for how our state can achieve a more vibrant, environmentally sustainable and equitable food system. How familiar are you with the strategy, and how do you plan to integrate plans to improve our food system into your platform?