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EWG announces plans for congressional scorecard

A coalition of national leaders in food and farm policy has formed a new nonprofit organization that will score individual members of Congress on their performance on food policy issues before the 2012 elections, the Environmental Working Group said in a news release.

The National Food Policy Scorecard “for the first time will hold lawmakers in Congress accountable for their votes on a broad range of issues, including food safety, farm subsidies, nutrition assistance, farm animal welfare, fisheries management, organic and local food, farm and food worker justice, and the impacts of food and farm policies on the environment,” EWG said.

The scorecard will be based on floor votes taken in the House and Senate during the 112th Congress, including amendments proposed to the farm bill under consideration by the Senate, the group said.

The new group will be organized as a 501c(4) organization. An EWG spokeswoman said the names of other groups involved will be released at a later date.