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Poverty and Farm Subsidies Growing In The Same Counties

Monday, November 18, 2013

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.

Counties with the largest increases in subsidy support are in districts represented by three leaders of the House-Senate conference negotiating a final farm bill: Reps. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.), Michael Conaway (R-Texas) and Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas).


Read the full story on AgMag.

Table Scraps:

Nicholas Kristof examines the lasting effect the draconian cuts to SNAP will have on our children and their physical and mental development in the New York Times.

Joseph Stiglitz writes on the serious flaws shaping our food policy in the New York Times.

The Washington Post reports on the EPA’s proposed cut to the amount of ethanol refiners need to include in fuel supply in 2014, calling it “a victory for common sense.”

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