All posts in tag: farm bill

Miranda Everitt Closing loopholes or eroding rights? The politics of food stamps and ‘heat and eat’

By Miranda Everitt and Philip Rocco — Read enough political journalism and you will likely be persuaded of a simple truth: public policy exists to serve economic ends. We grant tax deductions to encourage home ownership; we extend unemployment insurance to support consumer spending during a crisis. But there is more to … More >

Claire Kremen Europe is banning bee-harmful pesticides; the US should take a lead.

Like the European Union – which today (Dec. 1) boldly begins a two-year ban on selected pesticides thought to be harmful to honeybees and other pollinators – the United States should help protect pollinators by banning these pesticides. But the United States should do far more, and become a world … More >

Antonina Entler Preventing dependency in the 2013 Farm Bill

As Congress continues negotiations on the 2013 Farm Bill, the original purpose of the Farm Bill seems to be slipping further and further away. Agricultural subsidies and food stamps, the bill’s main components, were initially created as safety net programs to prevent hunger and poverty among farmers and low-income Americans. The … More >

Dan Farber The House GOP takes a courageous stand against food safety

It takes guts to oppose food safety.  But that’s no problem for the House GOP.  According to the New York  Times, today’s House farm bill (July 11, 2013) wasn’t content to eliminate food stamps, it also took aim at food safety:

One overlooked provision in the bill came from … More >

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