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Farm Subsidies

Stripping Food Assistance From Farm Bill Undercuts Basic American Values

Kimberly Freeman Brown | Posted 09.15.2013 | Green
Kimberly Freeman Brown

Our country can't ever truly prosper or act as a leader in the global economy when our own kids don't have enough to eat. If we want to get America on its feet again, we need to first stabilize the growing number of vulnerable communities -- and that begins with food security.

GOP Hypocrisy and the Farm Bill

Michael Tanner | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Michael Tanner

Whenever Republicans cut spending for a social welfare program, Democrats claim that it's not unaffordable spending that the Republicans dislike, but poor people. By passing the farm bill this week -- after stripping spending for the food stamp program -- House Republicans showed that that stereotype is largely true.

The Farm Bill's Auspicious Death

Joel Berg | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics
Joel Berg

Even though some House Republicans voted against the most recent farm bill because it cut too little from SNAP, the bill's defeat is nevertheless a victory for the nation, forcing a serious national reassessment of the measure and its priorities.

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Want To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives will soon decide whether states should be able to make food stamp recipients pee in cups to prove they're n...

America Feeds the Rich

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the U.S. House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen.

Arthur Delaney

Dems Protest Nutrition Cuts By Going On Food Stamp Diets

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- To protest nutrition assistance cuts this week, nearly 30 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives are limiting their food budgets...

Emily Swanson

Poll Shows How Americans Feel About Food Stamp Cuts

HuffingtonPost.com | Emily Swanson | Posted 06.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Fewer Americans support cutting food stamps than leaving the program alone or expanding it, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. ...

Arthur Delaney

Republicans Take Hypocritical Stance In Food Stamp Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.23.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Agriculture Committee Republicans who vocally supported billions in cuts to federal food assistance are big-time recipients of gov...

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.

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.

The Sequester: A Policy Triumph

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.26.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

The sequester, of course, isn't ideal. There are almost certainly better ways to cut. Some cuts that haven't had any short-term consequences may do harm eventually. But, messy as it is, the sequester seems to be working.

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.

Time to Open Fire on Farm Subsidies

Eli Lehrer | Posted 06.08.2013 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

While the nutrition programs have all sorts of flaws, they do accomplish a legitimate and longstanding public purpose. The subsidies provided to farmers are a lot different.

God Made Farmers, Man Made Ways to Exploit Them

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 04.13.2013 | Home
Kelsey Timmerman

We revere the image of farmers on TV commercials and in campaign speeches. The truth is there are one billion farmers on earth and 60 percent of them live in poverty. God may have made farmers, but man continues to make new ways to exploit them.

Building a Resilient Los Angeles

Lisa Novick | Posted 03.30.2013 | Los Angeles
Lisa Novick

For a resilient food supply, we need to keep our specialty farmers farming and we need to make it monetarily worth their while not to sell out. We need to replace abandoned acres of asphalt with small allotments and grow crops.

Jason Cherkis

GOP Congressman Who Voted Against Sandy Relief Favors U.S. Subsidies For Relatives

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Cherkis | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Superstorm Sandy ravaged huge swaths of the U.S. East Coast, killing more than 130 people, causing at least $62 billion in damage and tu...

Meet the New Dust Bowl, Same as the Old Dust Bowl

Donald Carr | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Donald Carr

Ken Burns, America's premiere documentarian, has tackled topics from jazz to the Civil War. His new film chronicles the Dust Bowl, the massive ecological disaster that plagued a large swath of U. S. farmland during the 1930's.

Country Music Stars, Fortune 500 Execs Among Millionaires Using Farmland Tax Loophole

Posted 10.21.2012 | Business

Country music royalty including Billy Ray Cyrus and The Judd's are among a star studded list of of wealthy Tennesseans who are reportedly taking advan...

The Not-So-Great Redistribution Debate: Makers, Takers, Shakers and Fakers

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Redistribution is an everyday occurrence and it is at the heart of the American political and capitalistic system.

Where Is Congress?!

John W. Boyd Jr. | Posted 11.22.2012 | Politics
John W. Boyd Jr.

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!

GOP Rep's Family Took Subsidies He Wants To End

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

The family of Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, has received farm subsidies under federal programs that he ...

WATCH: Roseanne, HuffPost Community Members On How Farm Subsidies Are Getting Us Sick

Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics

Roseanne Barr joined HuffPost Live's Alicia Menendez for a conversation about how subsidies for big agriculture and the food industry are making us si...

GOP Hopeful Took Federal Money Despite Campaigning Against Subsidies

The Huffington Post | Cole Stangler | Posted 07.19.2012 | Politics

After reports came out showing that his real-estate firm benefitted from tobacco subsidies, Wisconsin Senate candidate Eric Hovde said his firm would ...

In New Zealand, Farmers Don't Want Subsidies

Mark Ross | Posted 09.16.2012 | Business
Mark Ross

The removal of farm subsidies in New Zealand gave birth to a vibrant, diversified, and growing rural economy, and it debunked the myth that farming cannot prosper without subsidies. The U.S. Congress should step back and explore the proven alternative of free market farming.

House Measure Proposes Major Cuts To Popular Programs

AP | JIM ABRAMS | Posted 07.06.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House Agriculture Committee on Thursday unveiled its approach for a long-term farm and food bill that would reduce spending by $3.5 ...