Did Paul Ryan "get in the way" of this year's farm bill? Not exactly. Does that mean his ideas are good for food and agriculture? Not a chance.
Monsanto's GMO corn is succumbing to corn rootworms, the exact insects it was designed to kill. And the drought in the Midwest is only making things worse.
Last week, the USDA fully deregulated herbicide resistant sugar beets. And while the shift isn't a surprise to most advocates, it does hint at larger problems within the system.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food Compass is more than just a window into the government's local food work. It's also an effort to ensure that work continues.
Despite its name, the American Farm Bureau Federation is more likely to side with the insurance industry than it is with farmers.
On top of huge cuts to food stamps and big giveaways to Big Ag, the just-passed House farm bill also includes a special provision to protect the biotech industry.
If the House Agriculture Committee has its way, the farm bill will continue to subsidize monocrops that don't have a chance in this increasingly inhospitable climate.
In its new draft of the farm bill, the House of Representatives is pushing for $16.5 billion in food stamp cuts.
Better access to fruits and vegetables is key, but recent science suggests that lowering exposure to BPA, pthalates, and other endocrine disruptors might be just as important.
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