Loading...

Tag: farm bill

Web Site To Know: Food & Water Watch

I’ve signed up for dozens of farm and food e-mail subscriptions, and a few have proven their worth magnificently when it comes to eating and drinking better. Get to know Food & Water Watch.

Vote For Real Food: Learn How Food Friendly Your Political Representatives Are

We’ve been treading water in a pool of political juices for awhile, so I apologize for stirring the legislative pot, but food policy has become a political topic. And now we have a tool to help us decide which levers to pull. A new organization, Food Policy Action (FPA), seeks to keep us in-the-know on how well our national government representatives support (or fail to support) important food policy decisions.

Hidden Costs of the Farm Bill

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.

Take Action: Demand a Better Farm Bill

The farm bill – legislation that makes all the difference when it comes to your food – is about to come up for debate on the Senate floor. This is your chance to turn the farm bill into a healthier food bill!

Big Meat and How the Farm Bill is Bad for Farmers

In this eye-opening TED Talk, Food & Water Watch’s Wenona Hauter talks about a side of meat production that most folks probably don’t know much about: contract farming. In contract situations, huge meat producers, like Tyson Chicken, contract with small farmers to produce their meat. Don’t let the term “small farmers” fool you – these are factory farms. What happens, is that companies like Tyson make big profits while leaving the farmers in debt and responsible for the massive amounts of waste that factory farming creates. This talk is definitely worth the 11 minutes.