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Farm Policy

On the Front Burner: CA Food & Farming Legislative Action

Michael R. Dimock | Posted 03.18.2014 | Home
Michael R. Dimock

It is the hope of the California Food Policy Council that 2014 will also be the year that the State of California joins the United Nations in identifying family farms and food systems as a cornerstone for health and resilience in the 21st century.

Saving the Earth, Saving Tax Dollars: The Case for Conservation Compliance

Larry Schweiger | Posted 05.01.2013 | Green
Larry Schweiger

As it restructures America's farm programs, Congress should act to require conservation compliance for anybody receiving government-subsidized crop insurance. It's simply a matter of common sense.

De-Carbonize Our Taxes

William S. Becker | Posted 01.06.2013 | Green
William S. Becker

Tax policies that encourage carbon emissions range from subsidies for oil companies to mortgage interest deductions for energy-wasting McMansions, but neither Romney nor Obama has addressed it head-on.

GOP Rep's Family Took Subsidies He Wants To End

The Huffington Post | John Celock | Posted 09.12.2012 | Politics

The family of Rep. Jeff Flake, the Republican nominee for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat, has received farm subsidies under federal programs that he ...

Farmers, Farms and the GOP's Brand of Client Politics

Eli Lehrer | Posted 09.19.2012 | Politics
Eli Lehrer

There's no reason that any Republican or, indeed, any right thinking politician should support gutting crop insurance underwriting standards or having any of the others of dozens of other absurd farm programs.

Congress's Short-Sighted Farm Policy

Dan Morgan | Posted 09.19.2011 | Green
Dan Morgan

This summer, agriculture is again center stage in the policy debate. There's plenty of fat and waste in the farm programs, but there's also an urgent need for a new vision of American farming in the 21st century.

Biofuels and Food Prices: An Update

Patrick Westhoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Patrick Westhoff

When U.S. food price inflation hit 5.5 percent in 2008, a lot of people pointed to growth in biofuel production as the culprit. A lot has happened in ...

Kids at Work

Katherine Ryder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Katherine Ryder

Child labor is protected from exploitation under The Fair Labor Standards Act, but farm work is excluded. There are now hundreds of thousands of children working on U.S. farms.