House Resolution 149 - Introduced HOUSE RESOLUTION NO. 149 BY ISENHART , ABDUL-SAMAD , BERRY , COHOON , GAINES , HANSON , HEDDENS , HUNTER , KAJTAZOVIC , KEARNS , KELLEY , KRESSIG , LENSING , LYKAM , MURPHY , PETERSEN , M. SMITH , T. TAYLOR , THEDE , THOMAS , WESSEL-KROESCHELL , WINCKLER , WITTNEBEN , WOLFE , GASKILL , HALL , JACOBY , MASCHER , H. MILLER , MUHLBAUER , OLDSON , R. OLSON , T. OLSON , QUIRK , RUNNING-MARQUARDT , STECKMAN , SWAIM , WENTHE , and WILLEMS A Resolution to recognize local farms and foods and to 1 recognize the week of October 14 through 20 as World 2 Food Prize Week in Iowa. 3 WHEREAS, healthy food is essential to the life, 4 health, and prosperity of all Iowans; and 5 WHEREAS, the economy and social fabric of this state 6 are inextricably linked to food production and food 7 production-related activities; and 8 WHEREAS, the State of Iowa has inherited plentiful 9 fresh water and some of the most productive farmland in 10 the world, with the potential of feeding more hungry 11 people and generating sustainable incomes for more Iowa 12 families; and 13 WHEREAS, the State of Iowa is a leader in the local 14 food economy, creating an efficient food production 15 infrastructure that links producers, processors, 16 distributors, and marketers to vibrant local consumers, 17 markets, and communities; and 18 WHEREAS, a state food production policy that is 19 designed to produce a safe, nutritious, and adequate 20 -1- LSB 6147HH (4) 84 jr/rj 1/ 2
H.R. 149 food supply for consumption must also balance economic, 1 environmental, and social considerations that are 2 important to the people of this state; and 3 WHEREAS, such food policy can enhance economic 4 prosperity by putting more Iowans to work in 5 agriculture, with the goal of continuously increasing 6 the percentage of Iowa food dollars spent on Iowa farm 7 products; and 8 WHEREAS, the World Food Prize emphasizes the 9 importance of a nutritious and sustainable food supply 10 for all people by improving the quality, quantity, or 11 availability of food in the world and has established 12 a record of engaging Iowans in a dialogue on important 13 issues related to food and hunger; NOW THEREFORE, 14 BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, That 15 the House of Representatives proclaims its support for 16 local farmers and local food production; and 17 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of 18 Representatives recognizes October 14 through 20, 2012, 19 as World Food Prize Week in Iowa, and salutes the World 20 Food Prize Foundation on the completion of its Hall of 21 Laureates and for its role in making our state the food 22 capital of the world; and 23 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the House of 24 Representatives encourages Iowa communities to create 25 local celebrations, discussions, and other activities 26 to explore how we, as Iowans, can promote and expand 27 local food economies, continuously improving the 28 quality, quantity, and availability of nutritious food 29 in our state. 30 -2- LSB 6147HH (4) 84 jr/rj 2/ 2