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Farm Bill

A Diet For a Hungry America

Joel John Roberts | Posted 11.08.2013 | Impact
Joel John Roberts

Sometimes when I skip lunch, by the time dinner rolls around I am starving. Correct that. I am not literally dying of hunger, I am just hungry. It is ...

Steve King's Farm Bill Amendment Hurts Animals -- and California Farmers

Leighton Woodhouse | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Leighton Woodhouse

The King Amendment is all about profits for Iowa Big Ag, at the tragic expense of hens, veal calves, sows, and California farmers.

Dethroning the King Amendment

Paul Shapiro | Posted 10.29.2013 | Green
Paul Shapiro

Whether one cares about states' rights (as King's own party proclaims), decency toward animals, or laws to prevent fires -- and firefighter deaths -- it seems there's something about the King amendment that's odious to just about everyone.

We All Have a Stake in the Farm Bill

Allen S. Levine | Posted 10.28.2013 | College
Allen S. Levine

If you're not a farmer and you don't qualify for food assistance, why should you care about the Farm Bill?

America Needs Jobs, Good Paying Jobs (and Without Them the Need for SNAP Is Not Going Away)

Rep. Marcia L. Fudge | Posted 10.23.2013 | Politics
Rep. Marcia L. Fudge

Congress should strengthen and protect vital anti-hunger programs like SNAP instead of making struggling families worry about where they will get their next meal.

Combating the Collapse of Collaboration

Verelyn Gibbs Watson | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Verelyn Gibbs Watson

But most of all, we are doing our part to combat The Collapse of Collaboration in the hopes that we can start a ripple effect and get everyone to remember the true meaning of TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.

Is Animal Treatment on Farms Our Business?

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 08.16.2013 | Green
Martha Rosenberg

Animal rights activists, with the help of miniaturized cameras and the Web, have forced farm animal treatment onto the national front page with a parade of cruel, upsetting and gruesome exposes. To capture the farm verite all they often have to do is get hired at a factory farm or slaughterhouse.

The Civil Rights Movement: Fifty Years Later

Bill Ayres | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Bill Ayres

The game changing accomplishment of "The Movement" almost half a century ago can happen again starting from the grassroots, from the bottom up. It is already happening right now in towns and cities all over the country and around the world.

Finding Health, Keeping the Money: Needles in the Nation's Haystacks

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.13.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Subsidizing better choices in the grocery store is a lot less expensive than stays in the intensive care unit. We don't need to prevent very many cases of diabetes, heart disease or bariatric surgeries to save back the costs of incentives for nutritious foods, 10 times over.

Dems Blast GOP Food Stamp Cuts

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics

Congressional Democrats want House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to lay off nutrition assistance for the poor. Earlier this summer Republican lead...

Musings of a Federally Subsidized Farmer

Dan O'Brien | Posted 10.08.2013 | Impact
Dan O'Brien

Even though these subsidies were devised to maintain America's strength by keeping families on the land, I don't like accepting them. I know that everyone is strapped right now and I'm uncomfortable for having a way to "hold things together" when other people have no such safety net.

Arthur Delaney

A Kinder, Gentler Food Stamp Cutting Bill?

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In new legislation to be unveiled soon, Republicans will seek twice the savings from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as th...

Congress: Restore the Circle of Protection and Your Reputations

David Beckmann | Posted 10.07.2013 | Politics
David Beckmann

The nation is again approaching hard deadlines that will require our leaders to come to bipartisan agreement on budget matters. Failure would lead to government shutdown and, again, risk our nation's creditworthiness and economic recovery.

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies, Protect Your Heart, and Save Billions of Dollars in Health Care Costs

Elliott Negin | Posted 10.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Elliott Negin

Does nine servings a day sound like a heavy lift? Well, consider this: If we ate just one more serving a day -- one banana or a large carrot -- we would save $5 billion annually in health care expenditures and prevent more than 30,000 heart-related deaths.

The Cut-at-all-Costs Congress Needs a Dose of Reality

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

For communities across the country where Republican lawmakers continue to wage war on the poor by cutting their lifeline of nutrition assistance, the question remains: whose side are you on?

GOP Plan to Beat Itself Up

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 10.05.2013 | Politics
Leo W. Gerard

The party is so focused on wrangling that it has turned itself into a spandex-wearing professional wrestling cartoon character. Fighting is not what Americans want. They want peace and prosperity. Republicans need to get that message and get to work.

Greenstein Statement on the House Republican Leadership's New SNAP Proposal

Bob Greenstein | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

Proponents imply that any of these people who want a job can get one. They don't explain where four million new, largely low-skilled jobs will suddenly come from.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

Food Stamp Cuts Twice As Deep In New GOP Proposal

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 08.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives are considering a new food stamp bill that would cut nutrition assistance by twice as m...

Arthur Delaney

Food Stamp Cuts Set To Kick In, Congress Not Paying Attention

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Regardless of whether Republicans succeed in cutting food stamps this year, the 22 million American households relying on the program wi...

The New Assault on Formerly Incarcerated Individuals

Marc Mauer | Posted 09.28.2013 | Politics
Marc Mauer

If policymakers are not moved by hungry children and unfair consequences for communities of color, they should at least be persuaded by this: Bans on public benefits for formerly incarcerated individuals are counterproductive.

Food Stamp Cuts Might Not Happen In House

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans in the House of Representatives removed food stamps from broader farm legislation in hopes that doing so would make it easie...

Snap, Cackle and Slop!

Frank Islam | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Frank Islam

It is hard to predict what will come out of the conference committee as the final farm bill. But it should be a bill that is based upon collegial compromise rather than unilateral dictates and that includes adequate SNAP funding and reduced corporate welfare.

Rural America, Poverty, and Why the Farm Bill Matters

Tori Taylor | Posted 09.22.2013 | College
Tori Taylor

I grew up in rural North Carolina. I have seen the impact that America's farmers have on our economy and our culture. And as someone whose family has benefited from nutrition assistance in the past, I understand on a personal level the importance of the farm bill.

Miller Rails Against House Republicans

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) chastised Republicans in a Monday report over their decision to forfeit nutrition programs, while approving farm subsidi...