Congress is playing games with American farmers. And almost no one seems to hear our cry. I believe their neglect of farmers in favor of election year politics demonstrates that it's time to turn some members of Congress out to pasture!
If Congress passed an amendment to the Farm Bill to allow just 25 percent of Food for Peace food aid grains to be purchased closer to their destination, the U.S. government could save almost $200 million and reach 6 million more people -- almost exactly the shortfall in the Sahel.
House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson, who last year called those who spend money on organic produce "dumb," may become the unlikely champion of a Farm Bill in 2012 that creates opportunities for sustainable farmers.