Lawmakers in Olympia are considering establishing a Washington Food Policy Forum, currently sponsored by Sen. Ken Jacobson, Senate Bill 6343. Linda Stone, senior food policy coordinator of the Children's Alliance, and Jim Baird, a farmer in the Royal City area, discuss why the Forum would address food costs, access to healthy food and finding ways to support local farms. They write:
Currently policy initiatives including food safety, food security, farm-to-school programs, nutrition policy and agriculture programs come from their own silos. Without better coordination and collaboration, we’re not making the smartest, healthiest or most efficient decisions for our health, economy or future. That’s why Eastern Washington farmers and child advocates are joining with others to support the Food Policy Forum legislation.