Food Fight 2012: Why the Farm Bill Matters to All of Us
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Food Fight 2012
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According to Michael Pollan, “Nothing could do more to reform America’s food system, and by doing so, improve the condition of America’s environment and public health, than if citizens were to weigh in on the Farm Bill.”
The Farm Bill is one of the least understood and most important pieces of legislation in the United States. It allocates funding for Food Stamps, conservation practices, and farm subsidies. The 2008 Farm Bill is set to expire September 30 of this year, so Congress will spend the next few months debating obscure policies and ultimately determining what we will eat for the next five years. Anyone who eats or pays taxes needs to learn what’s at stake.
Daniel Imhoff is the author of many books on food, farming, and the environment. His latest book, Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, is a comprehensive and comprehensible guide to food and farm policy for the average citizen.
Congressman Earl Blumenauer represents Oregon’s third district in the U.S. House of Representatives. His report Growing Opportunities: Family Farm Values for Reforming the Farm Bill outlines reforms that would make the Farm Bill better for everyone from the taxpayer to the farmer.