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What the Farm Bill Really Means

Sean McElwee | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Sean McElwee

What's the problem with the farm lobby? Don't farmers need representation too? Don't farm subsidies help keep the food market stable? Yes and yes. But, American farm policy may be one of the most incoherently developed and rigidly path dependent.

Hungry in America

Sid Mohn | Posted 09.18.2013 | Chicago
Sid Mohn

Living in an urban environment like Chicago, it's easy for us to say 'what does a farm bill have to do with me?' The answer, though, is bigger than any farm. This bill affects each and every community across the country.

Is The Government Making Us Fat?

Aaron Sankin | Posted 07.18.2013 | Healthy Living

Is a piece of agricultural legislation actually contributing to obesity? While Congress debated the merits of this year's farm bill, a progressive...

Colorado Farmers Groan As Congress Fiddles With Farm Bill

The Colorado Independent | Tessa Cheek | Posted 07.17.2013 | Denver

From The Colorado Independent's Tessa Cheek. WHEAT RIDGE, Colo.– Last week U.S. Republican representatives voted to exclude the nation’s revamp...

Not a Line Item, A Lifeline

Stephanie Schriock | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Stephanie Schriock

Food stamps are not just a line item on a budget; they are a lifeline to American families. One that has existed since the 1930s. This is not an extravagance of the American government.

Food Stamps Debate Deserves Facts, Not Myths

Andrew Collins | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
Andrew Collins

Food stamps are the bottom layer of the social safety net. Even if you think government generally does too much, surely it can step in to prevent the elderly, poor, and sick from going hungry. A society that leaves these people to die is hardly a society at all.

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.

Food for Thought

Steven Conn | Posted 09.15.2013 | Politics
Steven Conn

Clearly, the nation needs a farm bill, but just as clearly it needs to have different priorities than simply subsidizing corporate farms to produce cheap crops and factory-raised chickens. The nation still needs SNAP, along with a broader approach to dealing with nutrition and obesity.

Junk Food Subsidies Since 1995 Could Buy Nearly 52 Billion Twinkies: Study

The Huffington Post | Caroline Fairchild | Posted 07.16.2013 | Business

Make no mistake, the U.S. federal government is doing everything it can to make sure your junk food urges are fulfilled on the cheap. A new study,...

King Talks Opposition To 'Politicized' Move

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 07.14.2013 | Politics

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Sunday he opposed passing farm legislation that did not include food stamps alongside agriculture subsidies, saying the ...

The Greatest Betrayal

Mike Lux | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

The House Republicans aren't just betraying their alleged savior by making people go hungry. They are betraying the values this country has lived by for a very long time.

The Republican Insanity of Helping Farmers But Starving Poor People

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Sanjay Sanghoee

How on earth do you stand up for agriculture while simultaneously denying the neediest people the means to obtain the fruits of that agriculture?

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.

Farm Bill Folly: The Real Way the Bill Harms the Poor

Lori Sanders | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Lori Sanders

For a party allegedly dedicated to deficit trimming and reducing wasteful subsidies, the bill passed by House Republicans is an outrage, made exponentially worse by the provision that makes its most egregious programs permanent.

Republicans Nix Food Stamps: This Is Who They Are

Robert L. Borosage | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics
Robert L. Borosage

They just passed a farm bill that included about $195 billion in subsidies to "farmers" (read: agribusiness) over 10 years, while eliminating food stamps and nutrition programs from the bill as "extraneous."

GOP Eyes Big Cuts

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House approval of a scaled-back farm bill is setting up what could be an even bigger fight over food stamps and the role of domestic foo...

Democrat Cries Foul In Congress: 'Shame On Republicans'

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

Rep. Corrine Brown (D-Fla.) sparked a congressional manners debate after she shouted "Shame on the Republicans" during a discussion of GOP farm legisl...

Arthur Delaney

House Passes Farm Bill Without Food Stamps

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.12.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed farm legislation that, for the first time in 50 years, did not include food stamps ...

House Should Vote Down Stand-Alone Farm Bill

Bob Greenstein | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Bob Greenstein

For several decades, legislation to reauthorize farm programs and SNAP (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) have moved together.  Now, the House Republican leadership is splitting the bills. The reason is clear.

House GOP Dropping Food Stamps From Farm Bill

AP | MARY CLARE JALONICK | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republican leaders hoping to quickly recover from an embarrassing defeat on the House floor last month are preparing to split a ma...

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.

Food Stamps May Be Split From Farm Bill

The Huffington Post | Arthur Delaney | Posted 07.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are making more noise about dropping food stamps from farm legislation that previously failed to pass the House of Represent...

GOP Congressman Rails Against Conservative Groups: 'I'm Under Attack'

The Huffington Post | Danielle Schlanger | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

Rep. Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) went after conservative groups in a town hall meeting on Monday, saying he was being assaulted by organizations like the He...

Epic GOP Bumbling Could Inadvertently Save This

Salon | Blake Zeff | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

There are lawmakers in the Republican Party who really hate the idea of the government helping poor people stay alive via eating. This disdain is seve...

Sam Stein

Tom Vilsack To GOP: The '80s Called, They Want Their Attacks On Food Stamps Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Sam Stein | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Republicans' obsession with cutting food stamps is symptomatic of a 1980s state of mind. "This...