The collapse of the Supercommittee process gives New York City anti-hunger activists a chance to help shape a farm bill that fights hunger, promotes health, protects the environment and bolsters independent farmers.

The farm bill is up for renewal in Congress next year, something that occurs once every five years.

The biggest funding in the farm bill is for food stamps (SNAP), the country’s main anti-hunger program. The final bill will have a major impact on the environment, from the use of water, land and fossil fuels to issues such as organics, genetic engineering and biofuels. It is how the federal government will set overall food and agricultural policy for the country. And of course, we are what we eat.