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Hidden Costs of the Farm Bill

June 13th, 2012 | by Guest Contributor

The 2012 Farm Bill is currently being debated in Congress, and it's going to have a massive impact on our food system from what farmers plant and grow, how they do it to grocery shelves and what's on your dinner plate. But do you know the hidden costs obscured by the bill's monster $500 billion price tag? And that between 2008 and 2010 the Farm Bill gave eight times more in subsidies to commodity crops than to fruits, nuts and vegetables? Find out what action consumers can take and check out this new infographic from TakePart.com


US Farm Bill – What Now?

November 22nd, 2011 | by Heather Carr

The SuperCommittee admitted defeat yesterday. The budget cuts will have to be decided by Congress (all of Congress, democratically) and the U.S. Farm Bill is still being written. What now


Update: Petition to get Congress off the Bottle Delivered

February 11th, 2011 | by Jeannie Moulton

Since the news that Congress is spending nearly a million dollars a year on bottled water, a petition was started to stop this and it was delivered on Tuesday with 65,000 signatures – 50,000 of which were obtained by change.org. it's not too late to tell Congress you want to eliminate bottled water purchases from the budget. The more people that sign – the more impact it has


Congress Fails to Keep Dirty Factory Fish Farms Out of the Gulf

July 29th, 2010 | by Food & Water Watch

This week, Congress is voting on the critically important and extremely timely “Consolidated Land, Energy, and Aquatic Resources Act of 2009,” (CLEAR Act). The stated purpose of the act was to promote clean energy while heightening safety standards surrounding offshore drilling and other problematic industries in the Gulf. Unfortunately, several important provisions, which would have furthered these stated goals, were dropped from the bill. The bill, which supposedly includes a Gulf of Mexico restoration program, would have banned the destructive and highly contentious practice of offshore aquaculture (also known as factory fish farming) in Gulf waters and would have promoted solar and wind energy on land. Unfortunately, Democratic leaders caved to political pressure and removed these significant provisions. One of the most serious, yet little-known threats to our oceans over the last decade has been the expansion of offshore aquaculture, so why is Congress allowing its creation in the already struggling Gulf


Small Farmers Fear FDA Crackdown

April 29th, 2010 | by Rachel Shulman

[social_buttons] Amid recent outbreaks of E. coli and salmonella in everything from ground beef to cookie dough to spinach, Congress [&hellip



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