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Farm Subsidies

House Committee Votes To Cut Farm Subsidies

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.31.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A House committee voted Tuesday to cut farm subsidies to pay for deficit reduction and other budget priorities, chipping away at the bil...

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.

Prince Charles Champions Organic Farming, Criticizes Ag Subsidies In DC Speech

AP | By MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.04.2011 | Home

WASHINGTON -- Prince Charles is in Washington talking about environmentally friendly farming, and he says it's a change from giving royal wedding toas...

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.

Watching the Future Wash Away

Donald Carr | Posted 06.13.2011 | Green
Donald Carr

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future.

WATCH: Soil Erosion Far Worse Than Reported In American Farmlands

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 06.12.2011 | Green

If the American classic song is right and “this land was made for you and me,” then why are we paying to have it destroyed? This is the question p...

Green News Report: April 5, 2011 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 06.05.2011 | 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: Breaking:...

Friday Talking Points [161] -- April Fools

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.01.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

To clarify that title: when you pull a prank on this particular day, you're supposed to reveal yourself as the prankster by yelling "April Fools!" (or...

Marcus Baram

Almost Two Dozen Members Of Congress Get Farm Subsidies | Marcus Baram | Posted 06.04.2011 | Politics

Welcome to "The Watchdog," which will keep a close eye on regulatory agencies and how their actions impact the lives of everyday Americans. Though the...

No Quick Subsidies Fix for Food System

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Wenonah Hauter

From chefs and policy wonks to teachers and bloggers, everyone interested in food has an opinion on subsidies and how to craft the 2012 Farm Bill.

Farm Subsidies Paid to the Members of the 112th Congress

Donald Carr | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

It's indefensible to provide subsidies to well-off farmers and landowners, especially in the face of a booming farm economy and a federal budget squeeze.

Women Farmers: Nourishing Body and Soil

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

Women think on a whole systems level which is why I'm impressed though not surprised to learn that women are running more farms and ranches, operating more land and producing a greater value of agricultural products than they were five years ago.

Sam Stein

Wisconsin State Senate Republicans Took Hundreds Of Thousands In Government Farm Subsidies | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At least three of the Wisconsin state Senate Republicans currently demanding that public workers sacrifice benefits, wages and even coll...

Out of the Mouths of Babes

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ken Cook

Legislation passed by House Republicans (no Democrats voted for it) slashed $747 million -- about 10 percent -- from the 2011 budget for the Special Supplemental Feeding Program for Women, Infants and Children.

Money Talks; Hunger Doesn't

Donald Carr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Donald Carr

The tenuous economy has increased pressure on the government to reduce spending and rein in the mounting federal deficit. But not everyone is feeling the pain.

Small Farms and the Farm Subsidies Scandal

Daniel Krotz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Daniel Krotz

From 1995 to 2009, taxpayers shelled out nearly a quarter-trillion dollars in farm subsidies. But while ten percent of farmers received 74% of this money, 62% of American farmers got no subsidy at all.

Farm Subsidies Highlight The Hypocrisy Of Anti-Spending Politicians

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Many Republicans who swept rural Democrats from office are now confronting the reality of a promise to reduce spending: Should it c...

Money Where Our Mouths Are

Ken Cook | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Ken Cook

Food and agriculture policy always comes down to money: how federal dollars will be prioritized and spent. If anyone needed reminders of this dynamic, the last year provided at least two.

Should School Lunch be Free for All? Janet Poppendieck Thinks So

Regina Weiss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Regina Weiss

Making school meals universally available and free for every child would not only offer a great moral good but would also offer a very smart, economical and efficient investment.

Ethanol Subsidies: Bipartisan Group Of Senators Calls For Their Expiration

Washington Post | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a clear sign of momentum against ethanol subsidies, a bipartisan group of more than a dozen senators has signed onto a letter urging Senate leaders...

Ryan Grim

WATCH: GOP Lawmaker Calls Obama 'Very, Very Urban' | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rep. Steve King, a Republican from Iowa, referred to President Obama as "very, very urban," while charging that as a senator he gave special favor to ...

In The Public Interest : The Sounds of Silence

Nicole Tichon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicole Tichon

The press coverage of the Fiscal Commission's Co-Chairs' proposal has focused on the great gulf between the right and left. By all accounts, Americans...

How I Fixed the Deficit

Paul Tullis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Tullis

If we get over the idea that we have to have the world's most expensive military by a factor of seven, and that how we treat the richest should revert to the 1890s, solving the budget is not so terrible.