2012 is the year of the Farm Bill. Senate debates are underway to determine how $1 trillion in U.S. government funding will be spent in the foreseeable future. This will affect every aspect of our food system.
Despite the fact that recent surveys suggest most Americans believe making healthy food affordable should be a priority, most spending remains allocated to subsidies and incentives for farmers.
The Farm Bill gives away tens of billions of taxpayer dollars in subsidies each year to corporate mega-farms and insurance companies. This leaves little support for farmers that invest in local, sustainable food and programs that support food assistance.
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