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What should the farm bill really look like and do" What should the farm bill really look like and do"

What should the farm bill really look like and do"




Representative Earl Blumenauer (Dem-OR), whose portfolio addresses many issues of concern to his constituents, is doing something particularly courageous: taking on the farm bill. As part of a “sing your own farm bill” initiative, he has produced Growing Opportunities: Reforming the Farm Bill for Every American. This should be required reading for anyone interested in trying […]

Representative Earl Blumenauer (Dem-OR), whose portfolio addresses many issues of concern to his constituents, is doing something particularly courageous: taking on the farm bill.
As part of a “sing your own farm bill” initiative, he has produced Growing Opportunities: Reforming the Farm Bill for Every American.

This should be required reading for anyone interested in trying to understand the farm bill and get it to do more to promote agricultural systems that improve health, the conditions of everyone who works in it, and protect the environment.
Here’s how it starts:
The Farm Bill is the most important yet underappreciated piece of federal legislation Congress regularly

considers. Hopelessly complex, it sets national priorities for federal investment while undermining human

health, nutrition, carbon reduction, economic development, land conservation, and animal welfare. Even

the name is a lost opportunity. At a minimum, it should be called the Food and Farm Bill.

Not only is the Farm Bill costly and expensive, its resources are misdirected. The legislation gives too much

to the wrong people to grow the wrong food in the wrong places. This misallocation is tragic because of the

power and reach of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs authorized by this legislation

every five years. The USDA is the only agency in the federal government that can build a community from

the ground up, and tackle issues like housing and infrastructure as well as all aspects of America?s farms and

ranches.
Check out its guiding principles and let’s get to work.

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