Alec Baldwin Lobbies Clinton on Unhealthful Foods

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With the Senate poised to take up the massive farm bill, Hollywood activist Alec Baldwin is pressuring presidential candidate Sen. Hillary Clinton to vote in favor of programs to ban unhealthful snack foods from schools.

In a letter to Clinton, Baldwin says:

As a parent, I see first-hand the challenges of keeping children focused on healthful foods. These challenges are made all the more difficult by federal policies that keep high-fat, high-cholesterol, high-sugar foods artificially cheap, and keep these f oods all too plentiful in schools. As the Senate debates revisions to federal nutrition and agriculture policy, let me encourage you to put the health of children first. I hope you will take a long hard look at programs that push children ' s nutrition in the wrong direction, and take strong steps to reform these outdated policies. There has never been a more urgent time to take action on nutrition and health.

An adviser to the 30 Rock star said that Clinton's action on the bill, which she has helped to craft, will indicate how hard she will fight child obesity as president. "How Hillary votes on this bill will send a signal about whether she would be willing to take serious action on childhood obesity if she becomes president," said the adviser.

In joining the debate on the issue, Baldwin is backing a bid by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, which is campaigning to change the subsidy-heavy farm bill so that it stops aiding the production of meat, oil, and other "unhealthful foods," said the group.

—Paul Bedard