What specific issues that fall outside the current Farm Bill should be considered part of food and farm policy?
Our current food and farm policy emphasizes a compartmentalized view of agriculture in which various sectors (farmworkers, farmers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, consumers) are addressed in a vacuum or even pitted against one another. Even sustainable agriculture initiatives are too often narrowly defined as environmental stewardship with little or no connection to workers’ rights. Those traditionally marginalized in our food and... Read more
Food insecurity is a lucrative endeavor for U.S. agribusiness corporations. As a matter of course, hunger has taken a backseat to maintaining a dominant trade position when it comes to U.S. trade negotiations and domestic policy. As long as the U.S.
The Farm Bill was designed to reign in price volatility, manage supply and protect nature while providing vital nutrition programs for the country’s poor. Instead, it’s been ravaged by constant corporate assault and a Congress too emboldened with industry money to stand up for our best interests.
Is anyone following the farm bill that’s limping through Congress? We’re not and we doubt that you are, either. In our opinion, the farm bill is pretty much a way to pass buckets of cash on to giant farms that are lucky enough to have powerful friends in Washington.
April 17, 2013 – There has been a quiet revolution going around the world, as communities and nations retake control of their food systems. In the U.S., more people are taking a look at processed foods at the supermarket and opting instead for healthier choices, grown locally with fewer pesticides.