A new coalition led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association aims to create a “federal legislative solution that will protect consumers by eliminating confusion” when it comes to the labeling of genetically engineered food. Only their “solution” is anything but.
The farm bill passed by Congress takes food and farm policy in the wrong direction. The bill creates new, expanded and largely unlimited crop insurance subsidies that will flow predominantly to the largest and most successful farms- at the expense of family farms, the environment and America’s hungriest citizens.
In an interview with The Real News, EWG’s Jason Rano talks about what the newly House-passed farm bill would do if signed by President Obama. Putting an end to direct payments, cutting SNAP, and expanding the crop insurance program are among the programs highlighted.
The House of Representatives has finally passed a farm bill. Passing through the House floor with a vote of 251-166, Wednesday morning marked the end of an over two-year battle. While groups representing almost every interest have been calling on Congress to pass a five-year bill, the final bill leaves some wondering if it was really worth the wait.
The farm bill produced by the conference committee last night (January 27) falls short of the reforms needed to create federal food and agricultural policy that can meet the challenges of the 21st century, EWG said in a statement today.
Every day, thousands of farmers take steps to reduce polluted runoff and restore wetlands and grasslands. In a new interactive map, EWG’s Libby Foley has highlighted 20 of these farmers and their personal conservation success stories.
EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin and Soren Rundquist analyzed county data and found many of the counties that enjoyed an increase in farm subsidies also faced increased rates of poverty. The interactive map below illustrates the growth in crop insurance premium subsidies compared to change in poverty rate.
An analysis released today by EWG shows that at least 50 billionaires or the farm businesses they had financial interests in have received over $11 million in traditional farm subsidies between 1995 and 2012.
A report released today, authored by EWG’s Alex Rindler, found that at least 50 billionaires or the farm businesses they had financial interests in received a total of $11.3 million between 1995 and 2012.
During the first meeting of farm bill conferees last week, seven U.S. senators, including three former Agriculture Committee chairs, called for conservation compliance, a measure that would require those receiving federal crop insurance support to implement basic conservation practices.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) recently spoke out against the provision that would link crop insurance and basic conservation practices, known as “conservation compliance”, claiming it would be “misguided and redundant” because of similar requirements for producers participating in other USDA programs.