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Farm Bill 2012

The lesser of two evils: Why food advocates are pushing for a farm bill they don’t love

Sustainable food advocates don't like the farm bills drafted by the House or the Senate, but they're pushing Congress to pass a final bill before the current one runs out Sept. 30 anyway.

Lobbyists spent $173.5 million trying to shape the 2008 farm bill

Food and Water Watch crunched the numbers, revealing both the scale and breakdown of the massive effort to pass the 2008 legislation.

Farm Bill 2012

Insult to injury: How the House snuck protection for GMOs into its farm bill

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.

Will the farm bill prop up doomed crops in this extreme climate?

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.

Three ways to protect food stamps from a cruel Congress

If the House gets its way, two to three million Americans could go hungry. But it doesn't have to be this way. Here are some recommendations.

Farm Bill 2012

Stamp of disapproval: House farm bill to gut nutrition program

In its new draft of the farm bill, the House of Representatives is pushing for $16.5 billion in food stamp cuts.

‘Monsanto Protection Act’ would keep GMO crops in the ground during legal battles

One sneaky provision on this year's agriculture appropriations docket would practically give biotech companies immunity from USDA regulation. Needless to say, activists are up in arms.

The farm bill passes the Senate — and it’s not all bad news

A quick recap of what's in the version of the bill that the Senate passed -- including the amendments we suggested keeping an eye on.