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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.
Food and Water Watch crunched the numbers, revealing both the scale and breakdown of the massive effort to pass the 2008 legislation.
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.
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.
In its new draft of the farm bill, the House of Representatives is pushing for $16.5 billion in food stamp cuts.
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.
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.