Congress Extends Farm Bill, But Leaves Sustainable Farmers Behind
While Congress successfully avoided the so-called "dairy cliff" and the expected spike in milk prices, the extension of the current farm bill isn't pleasing everyone. According to the Environmental Working Group, the deal will provide $5 billion in subsidies to industrial-scale corn, soy, and wheat farmers while short-changing local food, organics, and beginning farmers, and decimating on-farm conservation efforts.
The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC), meanwhile, has referred to it as “blatantly anti-reform,” while the Union of Concerned Scientists calls it “a giant step backward” and “a blow to farmers who want to grow healthy foods and the consumers who want to buy them.” The National Young Farmers Coalition was also “incredibly disappointed with the results.”
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