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Ryan Grim

Senator Introduces Hemp Legalization | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.21.2013 | Politics

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced an amendment to the farm bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp, an aide told HuffPost. Th...

The Fincher That Stole Food Stamps

Donald Carr | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Donald Carr

The second most heavily subsidized farmer in Congress said Washington should not "steal" from taxpayers to support food assistance like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program -- better known as food stamps.

Food for Thought

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

We have a lot more to do. Nevertheless, we must also acknowledge Congress for its efforts on behalf of HFFI, significant actions that have potential to provide healthy food access and economic development to communities sorely in need of both.

Congress: Do No Harm to SNAP

James S. Marks | Posted 07.21.2013 | Politics
James S. Marks

Cutting SNAP is precisely the wrong prescription for our children and the nation's economic recovery. The notion that SNAP benefits are an overly generous handout could not be further from the truth.

Ryan Grim

Mitch McConnell, Rand Paul Lead Hemp Legalization Fight | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Kentucky's two senators, Republicans Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell, have been working to include a provision that would legalize industr...

God Did Not Write the Farm Bill

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.19.2013 | Green
Elizabeth Kucinich

Don't want a children's toy containing lead paint manufactured with child labor in your state? Congressman King and the House Agriculture Committee say "tough." Want the workers in your state to have a better chance? Your state won't have the right to choose. The Feds are encroaching.

Arthur Delaney

Would Jesus Cut Food Stamps? | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.17.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Republican and Democrats sparred this week on where Jesus Christ would stand on food stamps, a federal program that supported 47 million...

Tea For Me, Not For You

Donald Carr | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green
Donald Carr

By virtually eliminating risk, crop insurance subsidies are encouraging farmers to plow up wetlands and prairies, a trend that is increasing water pollution, releasing more carbon into the atmosphere and destroying wildlife habitat.

'American Agriculture Is Under Siege'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.17.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON — The organic food industry is gaining influence on Capitol Hill, prompted by its entry into traditional farm states and by increasin...

Farm Bill Moves Forward With Massive Food Stamp Cuts

Reuters | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics

* Biggest food stamp cuts since 1996 welfare reform law * Bill creates three new types of crop insurance coverage ...

House Panel Approves Farm Bill

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.15.2013 | Green

WASHINGTON — The House Agriculture Committee has approved a sweeping farm bill that would trim the $80 billion-a-year food stamp program. The p...

Arthur Delaney

Shrinking Deficit Doesn't Deter Republicans From Cutting Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.16.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Congressional Republicans are seeking deeper cuts to nutrition programs this year even as the federal budget deficit is shrinking faster...

Mothers of Pure Food, Rebirthing a Movement

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

This Mother's Day, let us remember mothers and women who understood the patriotic nature of standing up for wholesome food, of standing up for the health of young children who would become our future.

'Shallow Loss' Is a Loser of a Program

Eli Lehrer | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

Buried deep inside the $950 billion farm bill soon to come before the House and Senate agriculture committees is a policy proposal that easily ranks among the most misbegotten welfare-for-the-wealthy efforts ever to spring from the banks of the Potomac.

Foodies With Worries

Liz Neumark | Posted 06.26.2013 | Green
Liz Neumark

How safe is our food? How does the FDA monitor domestic food products (as well as what comes into the U.S. food system from other countries?)

Where Is the Scrutiny of Crop Insurance Fraud?

Donald Carr | Posted 06.22.2013 | Politics
Donald Carr

Minnesota Congressman Colin Peterson (D-Minn.) struck a nerve this month when he said that "there is five times as much fraud" in the federal crop insurance program as there is the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program.

'Let All Who Are Hungry Come And Eat': Time To Pass The Farm Bill

Rabbi Miriyam Glazer | Posted 05.05.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Miriyam Glazer

At the Seder, we hold up this simple food that manages to embody all at once persecution, liberation and the very essentials of life, and we speak words at the heart of the festival: "Let all who are hungry come and eat." Yet, as American Jews, it is difficult to imagine speaking those words with conviction this year.

Saving the Earth, Saving Tax Dollars: The Case for Conservation Compliance

Larry Schweiger | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Larry Schweiger

As it restructures America's farm programs, Congress should act to require conservation compliance for anybody receiving government-subsidized crop insurance. It's simply a matter of common sense.

The Farm Bill: Why Farmers Need to Be Activists Too

Tanya Tolchin | Posted 04.29.2013 | Green
Tanya Tolchin

Isn't it enough to demonstrate alternatives to the industrial food system by running organic and sustainable farms? Recent events in Washington have demonstrated that it is in everyone's best interest for us to be advocates too

Digesting the TEDx Food Conference

Liz Neumark | Posted 04.27.2013 | Taste
Liz Neumark

Perhaps the conference had not intended to give us hope -- but rather to disrupt any complacency around the pace of change and the evolution of a national agenda around food policy.

Immigration and the Invisible Hand of Agribusiness

Mark Muller | Posted 02.04.2013 | Politics
Mark Muller

When considering immigration reform, we should take a lesson from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers and not settle for baby steps. Exploited immigrant labor must become a thing of the past.

Cliff Avoided, but Democracy's Future in Question

Mark Muller | Posted 03.19.2013 | Green
Mark Muller

Farm bill advocates spent years preparing to make important changes in the farm bill. In short, they followed the rules for building political strength, and in early 2012 it seemed that the farm bill would provide at least small steps in the right direction.

Now, Not Later -- We Need to Talk About the Farm Bill

Robert Lawrence | Posted 03.12.2013 | Home
Robert Lawrence

The farm bill extension that passed was written behind closed doors and serves a few powerful interests -- not the interests of the average citizen, public health, and the environment. We should be outraged.

Who Grows Our Food: Clovercrest Farm's Steve Morrison

Ellen Kanner | Posted 03.09.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

Organic is how Morrison eats. "When I was growing up, my mother produced all the vegetables we ever ate. She put a lot of food by for the winter, canning and freezing." He and his wife Sonja keep that tradition alive for themselves and Morrison's three daughters. "We don't have much occasion to eat food that isn't organic."

'Absolutely Outrageous' Measure Sparks 'Hurt Feelings'

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 03.05.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — A patchwork extension of federal farm programs passed as part of a larger "fiscal cliff" bill keeps the price of milk from rising b...