The CFA: A Vocal Advocate
Food, nutrition, economic and environmental issues are increasingly taking center stage - from the halls of Congress and state legislatures to farmers' fields and America's kitchen tables. In this constantly changing regulatory environment, canned foods should be recognized for the nutritional, economic and convenience benefits they provide. They are the answer to problems that many Americans and the government currently face. In addition, canned foods are packed in the most recycled food package - steel cans. To that end, the Canned Food Alliance (CFA) serves as an engaged and vocal advocate for its members with policymakers, nutrition influencers, consumers and the media.
All Forms Count
When it comes to nutrition, all forms count. Study after study shows that canned foods provide needed nutrients that make up a healthy diet. Canned foods offer unparalleled convenience and provide affordable, accessible nutrition for people of every income and geography. And for food assistance programs, the foodservice industry, governmental agencies and charitable organizations, good nutrition in a can often goes further for the dollars they (and taxpayers) pay.
The canned food industry also is a major contributor to the U.S. economy, responsible for $137 billion in total U.S. economic activity in 2011. Industry farmers, steelmakers, can makers, processors and packers represent 85,000+ jobs, which in turn generate more than $4.2 billion in state and local taxes, plus $7.3 billion in federal business taxes.
Canned fruits, vegetables, meats, seafood and beans deserve a level playing field. They should be part of conversations and considerations to help fill American's plates with nutritious, affordable and accessible options.