The Farm Bill dates back to the Depression and World War II, and it still reflects the priorities of those bygone days. The result is that $25 billion in subsidies have gone mostly to corporations and wealthy investors, many of whom are paid to grow nothing at all. Small farmers are driven out of business. Today, the House passed a new Farm Bill, worth $286 billion over the next five years, that includes $25 billion in crop subsidies. Yesterday, the House defeated an amendment that would have cut those subsidies and invest the money in conservation, nutrition, rural development and deficit reduction. What happened to promised reforms? To what extent does the Farm Bill determine what food Americans eat?
Catharine Richert, Agricultural Reporter, Congressional Quarterly
David Keating, Club for Growth (@campaignfreedom)
Tom Buis, President, National Farmers Union
Michael Pollan, New York Times (@michaelpollan)
Larry Mitchell, Director of Governmental Affairs for the American Corn Growers Association