Who Decides What Food Subsidies Are Paid With Our Tax Dollars?

Who benefits by the current USA Farm Bill? Small Farmers? Think again ... together, our voices are powerful!

This Applies Only to Those Who Eat Food...

WHO is controlling the food in the U.S.? If we, the EATERS have no idea what we are eating, and Big Agriculture gets truckloads of our TAXPAYER dollars in SUBSIDIES, why can't we get GMOs (genetically modified organisms, AKA: GE, which are not long-term tested or regulated) labeled, like 30 other nations mandate? Geneticist Barry Commoner describes these genetic manipulations in the United States and Canada, the largest genetic experiment in the history of mankind.

Small, subsistence farmers are 50 percent of the planet's population and they are being driven out by high tech, failing, deadly technologies of biotech (including Agent Orange 2,4-D — half life of 500 years and does NOT decompose — proposed for GMO insertion into corn, and sprayed on the fields, most of which leeches into air, water and soils) and CAFO's (confined animal feedlot operations). U.N. Special Rapporteur on Food Olivier De Schutter has reported for years that Big Ag food technology will NOT adequately feed the world's population and is, in fact, destroying much of the Earth.

From The Opinion Pages of the NY TIMES: "The Farm Bill, Beyond the Farm"


The farm bill, being debated in the Senate this month, can be read here.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/02/21/the-farm-bill-beyond-the-farm

see: "We Need an Organic Farm Bill" author, David Murphy is the founder and executive director of Food Democracy Now!

Excepted are a few of his items on his wish list:

• $25 billion transition to organic food/farming production: 75 percent of U.S. farms are U.S.D.A. organic certified by 2025.

• Feed organic food to all public school lunch programs by the year 2020.

• Beginning Farmer and Rancher Bill: a million new farmers on the land by 2020.

• Link conservation compliance with government-subsidized insurance programs 

Source:  http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/02/21/the-farm-bill-beyond-the-farm/we-need-an-organic-farm-bill

-Clean Food Earth Woman  http://cleanfoodearth.blogspot.com

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Tom McCarter February 23, 2012 at 02:19 PM
So who decides what food gets subsidized in our country and what is the criteria? I'm all for labeling GMO food and supporting small and organic farmers, but the article did not deliver the information the headline said it would. I read a fascinating documentary called "The King of Cotton" about cotton farming in California and how it gets subsidized even though it doesn't need to be. I am curious about how other farmers get subsidized and why Congress repeatedly fails to correct this problem while at the same time complaining that we are spending too much. I saw a letter awhile back that someone wrote to their senator asking which crops he could be paid the most for for NOT growing.


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