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.
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.
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.
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.
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.