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October 30, 2007

Farm Bill: Info On Improvements

by at 1:48 pm.

I have to say, this is the best diary I’ve ever seen explaining the farm bill, what’s in the new version, what’s being debated, and what everything means. There are action items to take in it as well, and we should all get educated and then call our Senators.

Imagine getting somewhere on reforming the farm bill, which was created originally to help small farmsteads but now is merely a large corporate welfare system that encourages the manufacture of unhealthy foods with its subsidies. Well, this is our chance to make some changes. (Go read, then call your Senator!)

2 Responses to “Farm Bill: Info On Improvements”

  1. Josh Says:

    It’s been about 70 years since the great depression and farmers now make up about 2% of the population… why do we even need legislation of any form?

  2. Lynne Says:

    Actually, that diarist makes a good argument on why we do. Especially because our food supply needs to be fairly consistent (we can’t have market forces driving up the costs so high in one year that half of America suddenly can’t buy the staples) and also because the unstability of the market (due to drought, weather, disease, and also the vulnerability of price drops from too much abundance) really would kill the small farmers who are left.

    I think though I’d like to see added to the farm bill, incentives for more small to medium farms to come back into vogue as well.

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