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Farm Subsidies

How the Crop Insurance Industry Helped Buy a Multi-Billion Dollar Cut to Food Stamps

Zaid Jilani | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Zaid Jilani

We conducted a review of campaign spending by the crop insurance industry's top political action committee and its lobbyists it has contracted through a Virginia law firm, and found, unfortunately, unsurprising results.

Soda Ban Leaves New Yorkers Flat

John Conway | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York
John Conway

Rather than alienate Americans from the freedom, perhaps the Bloomberg administration might attempt to work with the federal government and other groups to change the farm subsidy programs to reflect healthier eating habits.

Why Are Twinkies Cheaper Than Carrots?

John Robbins | Posted 08.01.2012 | Healthy Living
John Robbins

If you want to eat healthfully, you have to fight an uphill battle. Why are government subsidies pushing in the wrong direction?

This Is Why You're Fat: The 2012 Farm Bill and the Real Obesity Lobby

Suzanne Merkelson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Politics
Suzanne Merkelson

The food and beverage industry has been relentless in Washington lately, more than doubling their spending in Washington during the past three years, completely outpacing public interest groups looking out for children's health.

I Call the Vote: A Farm Bill Litmus Test for the Food Movement

Ken Cook | Posted 07.10.2012 | Green
Ken Cook

Is offering a healthy snack the only idea in the farm bill that should matter to the food movement? Of course not.

SNAP: Cutting What Works?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.20.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The impact of more cuts on children and families who now receive a nutritionally adequate diet from SNAP would be devastating. Where is the justice in a vote to protect wealthy farmers over hungry children?

Protecting Water at the Source

Donald Carr | Posted 06.12.2012 | Green
Donald Carr

Water is running off poorly managed fields that have been treated with chemical fertilizers and manure is loaded with nitrogen and phosphorus, two potent pollutants that set off a cascade of harmful consequences.

The Farm Subsidy Jackpot

Donald Carr | Posted 05.14.2012 | Politics
Donald Carr

Would critics of SNAP exhibit the same level of outrage if they learned that several Roby, Texas, cotton farmers shared a $46 million jackpot in 1996 and still receive hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece in federal subsidies for years after?

Rio+20: The Future We Want Means Taking Action NOW

Kelly Rigg | Posted 03.31.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

So here's my message to governments: What's taking you so long? By all means negotiate new targets and goals for 2020 or 2030, for example to improve energy efficiency and massively increase the share of renewable energy worldwide.

Taking On Agriculture to Reduce Obesity And Hunger: Derek Yach

Riva Greenberg | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Derek Yach's mission is to help address global challenges such as hunger and obesity, and the ills they cause, by finding ways for PepsiCo to be a part of the solution.

'Green News Report' - January 3, 2012

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 03.04.2012 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app!. IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: We're back!...

Lynne Peeples

Farming With The Grain, Or Against It: The 2012 Farm Bill And Climate Change | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.13.2011 | Green

It wasn't a hurricane that devastated Mark Doyle's apples this year. Rather, an unusually cold and wet spring in the Northeast had already done enough...

Lynne Peeples

Does The Farm Bill Need A Diet And Make-Over? | Lynne Peeples | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green

A cartoon consumer appears happy and healthy, eating a meal of fresh carrots, corn and chicken as the calendar cycles through the 1950s, '60s and '70s...

What the Food Movement Can Learn From OWS This Thanksgiving

Carla Wise | Posted 01.21.2012 | Green
Carla Wise

While OWS protesters may focus on Bank of America and Chase, it is the corporate giants of food and agriculture, such as Monsanto, Nestle and ADM that are the 1% in the food world.

Why the Farm Bill Matters

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.15.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Amy Blankstein of Just Food, a non-profit that turns "food deserts" (i.e., neighborhoods underserved by supermarkets and other food ...

Six Ways To Help
End Big Farm Handouts

Maria Rodale | Posted 01.08.2012 | Green
Maria Rodale

by guest blogger Thomas M. Kostigen, expert on social responsibility and environmental issues. Want to eat more healthfully? Tell your representati...

Can We Change Where Our Food Comes From?

The New York Times | Posted 01.03.2012 | Green

I’m not a jingoist, but I’d prefer that more of my food came from America. It’d be even better, really, if most of it came from within a few hun...

The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

Where the farm bill allocates resources to funding food stamps, it also incentivizes the purchase of unhealthy foods.

Eco Etiquette: My Friend Feeds Her Toddler Junk Food

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

Send all your eco-inquiries to Jennifer Grayson at Questions may be edited for length and clarity. My good friend and I have...

BIllions Of Taxerpayer Dollars Keep Junk Food Cheap, Study Finds

Posted 11.22.2011 | Home

It's a well known fact that most farm subsidies go to crops, like feed corn, that aren't exactly healthy. They're crops that are easy to grown en mass...

House Leadership Supported Massive Giveaways to Big Ag while Taking a Chainsaw to Nutrition & Food Safety

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 09.04.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

The last thing our country needs is a taxpayer-funded subsidy system that favors the very foods that contribute to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. But that's exactly what key members in the House are standing behind.

Agricultural Policy Should Fuel Health, Not Epidemics!

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 07.24.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Kucinich

In 2009, USDA spent more than twice as much buying meat and dairy as it did on fruits and vegetables. What that means is that the USDA used taxpayers' money to buy about $1.5 billion worth of meat and dairy.

Farm Subsidies: A Useful Sacrifice in the Budget Debate

Patrick Sharma | Posted 07.12.2011 | Politics
Patrick Sharma

Since being introduced to help cope with the Great Depression, farm subsidies have devolved into a hodgepodge of price supports, direct payments, insurance programs, tax loopholes and low-interest loans for wealthy farmers and agribusiness.

How Do Wrong Economic Ideas Become Conventional Wisdom?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.09.2011 | Books
Peter Dreier

If conservatives don't like labor unions, they are entitled to their opinions. But when they attack unions by arguing that they actually hurt working people, they don't have the facts on their side. They are crying wolf.

How Agriculture Subsidies Are Making Us Sick

Elizabeth Kucinich | Posted 06.21.2011 | Home
Elizabeth Kucinich

When it comes to unhealthy food, the primary culprits are meat and dairy, which are high in saturated fat and cholesterol, and over-sweetened processed food.