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Policy Plate BLOG

Your daily serving of food and farm policy.

Farm Subsidy Fraud, Growing by the Year

Monday, March 2, 2015

With much being made about the perceived abuse of the food stamp program; farm subsidy abuse remains a larger issue that grows by the year.

EWG’s Scott Faber:

“(the) USDA’s Risk Management Agency reported that the improper payment rate for crop insurance rose to 5.58 last year and was expected to stay above 5 percent through 2016…

By contrast, the error rate for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, the formal name of the food stamp program fell to an all-time low of 3.2 percent in 2013, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.”

Read more about the two programs here.

Table Scraps

Statesman Journal breaks-down the very confusing labeling techniques that make looking for GMO-free foods such a hassle.

Consumerist takes a look at how a fast food giant could help curb antibiotic overuse in the nation’s livestock.

Tweet of the Day

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6 Foods To Make Your Salad Even Healthier by @jjvirgin http://mbg.to/f4sOZRk 

Herd Around the Hill

Trying to catch a bite before a Wiz or Caps game? Check out these restaurants that you may be able to skirt by without a reservation.


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