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.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit today (Oct. 16) against the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA). Ferguson alleges the group illegally bundled more than $7 million from its members and contributed it to the campaign against the I-522 ballot initiative, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled.
On Friday (Oct. 11) evening, the House of Representatives approved a “sense of the House” that would reduce crop insurance premium subsidies by 15 percent for producers with an adjusted gross income over $750,000.
EWG’s Mike Lavender responds to a report released yesterday (Oct. 8) by the Government Accountability Office that found almost half of the individuals who received farm subsidies in 2012 were not even working on farms.
EWG called out the big food lobbying group, Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), for dropping an additional $5 million into a campaign to defeat a popular Washington state referendum initiative to label genetically engineered food.
The popular blog BuzzFeed analyzed last weeks House vote to cut SNAP by nearly $40 billion over the next 10 years. Using data from EWG, they highlighted the members of Congress who voted in favor of the draconian cuts but receive generous farm subsidies.
EWG’s Mary Ellen Kustin calls out the lawmakers who voted in favor of the $40 billion cut to SNAP yesterday (Sept. 19) that “represent” some of the poorest- and SNAP dependent- counties in the country.
Chef Tom Colicchio, several members of Congress and other leading anti-hunger advocates will hold a press conference this afternoon blasting House Republicans for backing $40 billion in cuts to vital federal nutrition programs.
A new analysis released by Environmental Working Group shows that 1.9 million acres of wetlands and nearby habitat, and 5.3 million acres of highly erodible land were plowed up in the United States between 2008 and 2012 to grow row crops.