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Policy Plate: Subsidy Reform Alliance Targets Farm Bill

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Environmental Working Group joined a politically diverse alliance of fiscal and environmental groups at the National Press Club today to highlight shortcomings in the 2012 Senate farm bill.

Many speakers attacked a proposal to shift most of the savings from ending direct payments into a new entitlement program and existing crop insurance programs.

“The farm bill being debated is nothing more than a cynical game of bait and switch,” said Jason Rano, director of government affairs at EWG. Click here to hear Jason's full remarks.

Subsidy reform allies expressed disappointment over the exclusion of a bipartisan amendment that would have placed a reasonable payment limit on insurance premium subsidies. Some 26 farming operations received subsidies of $1 million or more last year, according to EWG.

Also, today Scott Faber, EWG’s vice president of government affairs, participated on WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show, where he discussed various farm bill reform proposals and local and healthy food initiatives to reduce hunger and improve diets.  Click here to hear what Scott had to say.

Table Scraps:

The Wall Street Journal reported that EWG’s analysis of U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency data showed U.S. and foreign insurance companies reaped billions in U.S. taxpayer-funded profits from the broken crop insurance program.

CNN.com has an online post on EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce, which for the first time includes government data on pesticide in baby food.

Forbes magazine has a piece on The Dirty Dozen and why consumers have lost trust in government pronouncements on the safety of pesticides and why more are choosing organic produce over conventional.

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