April 04, 2024

ACR Joins Health Organizations in Asking Congress to Prioritize Health in Farm Policy

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®), as part of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health (MSCCH), sent a letter to Congress encouraging policymakers to consider the current climate crisis and its health implications as they finalize farm policy.

ACR is a member of the MSCCH, which organizes major medical societies representing over 700,000 physicians and health professionals to raise public awareness of the health threat posed by climate change.

The communication to lawmakers highlights the need to prioritize human health in farm policy discussions. Specifically, federal food assistance programs feed low-income Americans and foster healthier diets, while conservation programs, like the Title 2 conservation programs, can protect our health and environment by restoring healthy soil, water and clean air while simultaneously producing nutrient-dense food. By safeguarding our food supply and farmland, these conservation programs can help fortify soil resilience against the impacts of the climate crisis.

Food security and clean air and water are essential to the health and mental health of patients and communities.

For more information, contact Ashley Walton, ACR Government Affairs Director.