Thursday, July 05, 2007

Down on the Farm

Two articles about the farm bill, both at the Renegade Lunch Lady. Found the first one via a post at The Jew and the Carrot, and the second one while browsing the RRL after reading the first.

One article was unnecessarily snarky but somewhat informative:
"The farm bill sets the rules for the American food system and helps to subsidize obesity. It rewards growers of big commodity crops like corn, soybeans and wheat — the foundation of our junk food nation. So, a bag of highly processed orange puff balls with no nutritional value is cheaper than a tomato or a peach."
More informative and less snarky article here.
The 2002 farm bill provided $143.3 billion for nutrition programs like Food Stamps, $16.8 billion for conservation and $67.6 billion to subsidize the planting of certain crops. Almost all of the subsidies usually go to growers of five commodities: soybeans, corn, rice, wheat and cotton. Fruit and vegetable farmers do not get subsidies.
For more facts and more in-depth analysis, check out the farm subsidies database at the EWG, as well as James's & Griswold's analysis: Freeing the Farm.


At 8:07 AM , Blogger M@rla said...

What day are you leaving, and when are you coming back?

At 8:43 AM , Blogger Scott said...

Hi Mich,

Thanks for commenting. I am very impressed with your workouts! Do you have any pictures? Also, what are you studying and what did you change careers to? I'm sorry that you ended up in Kansas. That is one of the least exciting states in the country, in my opinion!

At 12:07 AM , Blogger Mich said...

M@rla: just sent you an e-mail. :-)

Scott: Thank you. And q'pla with your goals. Sorry, no pics here yet. And while Wyoming is gorgeous (especially Cody), let me say that Kansas is highly underrated; it is one of the most beautiful places I've ever lived. So, no dissing of Kansas on this blog. :-)


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