Step 2: Know the Issues

Step 2: Know the Issues

The USDA, CDC and EPA can make us feel like we’re on acronym overload. Here, a breakdown of the key federal departments that regulate our nation’s food system, and who’s in charge.


The first Farm Bill in 1933 was developed in response to the profound hunger and poverty caused by the Great Depression. Since that time, these provisions have remained the core of agricultural policy in the United States.


Food is life sustaining, yet millions of people remain food insecure and are unsure of where their next meal will come from. Learn more about the crisis facing the U.S. and around the world.

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Around the web…

Economic Research Service // The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Agriculture and Farm Policy

Fresno Bee // Water for crop, but farmworkers go thirsty | By Tom Laskawy | 10.3.11

Huffington Post // Just Label It: We Have a Right to Know What’s in Our Food  | By Naomi Starkman | 10.5.11

Harper’s Magazine // The Food Bubble: How Wall Street Starved Millions and Got Away With It | By Frederick Kaufman | July 2010