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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Building and operating the Keystone XL Pipeline would pump millions of tons of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. And as EWG’s Heather White has said, approving the pipeline would overlook a better choice – “investing in renewable energy and energy efficiency.”

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The farm bill passed by Congress takes food and farm policy in the wrong direction. Here’s what others have to say about the bill.

Friday, January 31, 2014

The farm bill that passed the House this week and will likely pass the Senate next week has some positive features, including new conservation requirements for farm businesses that collect crop insurance subsidies and more funding for local and organic farmers. But those important provisions are outweighed by new, expanded and largely unlimited subsidies that do too much to help the largest and most successful farm operations at the expense of family farmers and the environment.

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Monday, January 27, 2014

EWG’s editors asked the entire staff to pick the top agriculture-related stories of 2013, a category that includes the farm bill, farm subsidies, crop insurance, conservation, genetically engineered crops and food and several other related topics.

Friday, January 24, 2014

If the crop insurance proposals in the 2013 farm bill, including STAX, are enacted and their costs are as high as some expect, the United States could be in serious jeopardy of violating WTO trade commitments once again.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wondering how Congress could cut farm subsidy giveaways instead of SNAP?

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Friday, January 3, 2014

By including the most costly components of the farm bills that passed the House and Senate, the bill expected to emerge this month from a House-Senate conference committee could cost taxpayers even more than current farm programs – and ignite a trade war to boot.

 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Supermarket shelves are loaded with products that display the label “natural.”  The food industry likes to use the word to persuade consumers that what they’re buying is somehow better for them, their families and the environment. But the fact is, many of the foods labeled “natural” contain ingredients that were genetically engineered.

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Friday, December 6, 2013

The Obama Administration is ramping up efforts to link crop insurance subsidies with conservation requirements.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When you gather around the table this Thanksgiving with family and friends, don’t forget to give thanks to the organic farmers who grow our food in ways that protect the environment.

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Friday, November 22, 2013

If you fast-forward your TV during the celebrity segments on Real Time with Bill Maher, you probably missed an important conversation during the November 15th episode driven by actor Casey Affleck.  Affleck plays a veteran in his new movie “Out of the Furnace,” and he has started discussing issues that affect returning veterans, including mental health, homelessness and hunger. During the Bill Maher segment he discussed the farm bill and the House proposal to cut $40 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

There has long been bipartisan support for conservation compliance by farmers and politicians alike. Now more than ever, those leading the way in reauthorizing the farm bill may hear a growing number of prominent Republicans voicing their support to relink to crop insurance the vital conservation compact between taxpayers and farmers.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Reducing subsidies to large farm businesses, crop insurance companies and their agents, and trimming their windfall profits could generate enormous savings, EWG has found.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

EWG’s latest analysis of billionaires who reaped federal farm dollars seems to have hit a nerve with folks who – unsurprisingly – benefit from these same government handouts.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Every day, thousands of farmers take steps to reduce polluted runoff and restore wetlands and grasslands. Many more would help, but 40 percent of farmers have been turned away by the U.S. Department of Agriculture when they offer to share the cost of cleaner environment.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Dust storms have re-emerged across much of Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas, fueled by the same combination of persistent drought, plowing up fragile land and poor public policy that led to the Dust Bowl years of the 1930s.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Many counties where federal crop insurance subsidies rose between 2008 and 2012 also had an increase in poverty over that period, a finding that undermines the oft-repeated arguments that farm subsidies help reduce rural poverty, an Environmental Working Group analysis shows.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

As the cost of crop insurance has ballooned – from less than $500 million a year in the 1990s to more than $14 billion in 2012[1] – the program’s most ardent defenders keep repeating the same mantra: Crop insurance is better than budget-busting ad hoc disaster programs.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Seven U.S. senators last week called for re-linking the federal crop insurance program to conservation compliance during a House-Senate conference committee meeting on the 2013 farm bill. The ranking member of the House Agriculture Committee also endorsed the linkage.

Friday, November 1, 2013

“Subsidy millionaires” are not your typical family farmers. They are individuals who each year collect more than $1 million each in crop insurance subsidies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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