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Why Environmentalists (And Every American) Should Reject The House Farm Bill

Friday, May 17, 2013

The budget-busting farm bill approved Wednesday night by the House Agriculture Committee and its leaders – Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) and Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) – is nothing but bad news for the environment. 

The Lucas-Peterson farm bill…

·      Cuts conservation programs by $4.8 billion

·      Increases greenhouse gas emissions

·      Includes anti-environmental riders

·      Weakens conservation requirements for subsidy recipients

·      Guts state food and farm standards

·      Cuts SNAP by a whopping $20 billion

·      Raises price guarantees for commodity crops

·      Expands crop insurance by $9 billion

·      Provides few incentives for healthy diets

 

Click here for more on the House bill.

 

Table Scraps:

The Des Moines Register on the importance of cutting crop insurance to pay for vital programs like conservation and nutrition.

 

Tweet of the Day:

@DonEWG @RepFincherTN08, recipient of $3 million, pledged to reform farm subsidies but voted to increase them by $9 billion http://ow.ly/l87nY 

 

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