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Agricultural Subsidies

Federal Log-Rolling and Agricultural Subsidies: Time to End the Farmers' Dole

Doug Bandow | Posted 08.31.2013 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Congress is debating the so-called Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act. More commonly known as the Farm Bill, it is a looting expedition, roughly 80 percent general welfare (food stamps, officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and 20 percent farm welfare (agricultural price supports).

Congressman Quotes Jesus In Bid To Gut Food Stamps

Richard Schiffman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Religion
Richard Schiffman

While Fincher cites chapter and verse to prove that it is immoral for out of work folks to mooch off government largesse, he fails to mention that his own fingers have been observed in the public till.

Mexican Farmers Affected By NAFTA's Agricultural Subsidies

VOXXI | Susana G. Baumann | Posted 01.11.2013 | Latino Voices

Who pays for agricultural subsidies? Agricultural dumping between the United States and Latin American countries have swept agricultural production an...

The Big Oversight in Our Obesity Conversation

Andy Bellatti | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

My biggest concern is that solely focusing on weight impedes the health movement's progress. Such a clinical and quantitative frame gives very little thought to -- and leaves no room for a conversation about -- socio-political and environmental factors that pose a threat to our health.

How The Obesity Focus Hurts the Health Movement

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

The "war on obesity" is in desperate need of reframing and reconceptualization if it hopes to progress and fix some gargantuan wrongs.

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 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.

Food Fight: Why Congress and Obama's Proposed Budget Cuts Are the Wrong Move for Colorado

Sam Schabacker | Posted 07.31.2011 | Denver
Sam Schabacker

These cuts are not solutions to our budget crises, nor will they mend our broken food system. Rather, they are ideological prescriptions that will do nothing but further enrich corporate agribusiness.

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.

Chinese Drought Could Cause Global Food Crisis

James Bacchus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
James Bacchus

The worst drought in sixty years is threatening the wheat crop in China, the world's largest wheat producer.

Bittman: Fix, Don't End, Agricultural Subsidies

The New York Times | MOHAMED EL DAHSHAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food

Agricultural subsidies have helped bring us high-fructose corn syrup, factory farming, fast food, a two-soda-a-day habit and its accompanying obesity,...

Amanda Terkel

Tea Party Porkers: Secretive Anti-Bailout Group Quietly Lobbies For Government Handouts

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

One of the most troubling aspects of the thriving industry of shadowy independent expenditure groups popping up in this election is the fact that the ...

Hey Mr. President, Food Can Be Your Down Payment on Health Care Reform, Remember?

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerusha Klemperer

Obama has been all over the place this past week putting forth his health care plan and I haven't heard one word about how food could save this country tons of money, while saving lives.