farm

2012 Senate farm bill perpetuates corporate monoculture with entitlement programs and insurance subsidies

Thursday, April 26, 2012 by: PF Louis
Tags: farm bill, entitlements, subsidies

eTrust Pro Certified

Most Viewed Articles
Popular on Facebook
BACK INTO THE CLOSET: Why U.S. reporters are not allowed to write about rainbow events in nations where being gay is still condemned
Depopulation test run? 75% of children who received vaccines in Mexican town now dead or hospitalized
A family destroyed: Six-month-old dies after clinic injects baby with 13 vaccines at once without mother's informed consent
Biologist explains how marijuana causes tumor cells to commit suicide
Companies begin planting microchips under employees' skin
BAM! Chipotle goes 100% non-GMO; flatly rejecting the biotech industry and its toxic food ingredients
ECONOMIC SLAVERY FOR ALL: While we were distracted with the Confederate flag flap, Congress quietly forfeited our entire economic future via fast-track trade authority
INVESTIGATION: Three days before Dr. Bradstreet was found dead in a river, U.S. govt. agents raided his research facility to seize a breakthrough cancer treatment called GcMAF
NJ cops bust teenagers shoveling snow without a permit
Chemotherapy kills cancer patients faster than no treatment at all
McDonald's in global profit free fall as people everywhere increasingly reject chemically-altered toxic fast food
March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened
Italian court rules mercury and aluminum in vaccines cause autism: US media continues total blackout of medical truth
The 21 curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines
SCOTUS same-sex marriage decision may have just legalized the concealed carry of loaded firearms across all 50 states, nullifying gun laws everywhere
Orthorexia Nervosa - New mental disorder aimed at people who insist on eating a clean diet
Vicious attack on Dr. Oz actually waged by biotech mafia; plot to destroy Oz launched after episode on glyphosate toxicity went viral
Nearly every mass shooting in the last 20 years shares one surprising thing? and it's not guns
Delicious
(NaturalNews) Every five years the Farm Bill is reviewed by Congress to decide how government funding should be allocated to different aspects of agriculture. Depending on what source you explore, there are mixed signals emanating from the Senate's 2012 Farm Bill proposal.

According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG), the Senate proposal endangers environmental issues around farming. Direct payments to large farms have been cut. Instead, an insurance subsidy program offers more assistance to Big Ag's insurance costs and the insurance industry. This is back-door corporate welfare.

The EWG praises Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), chairwoman for the Senate Committee drawing up the 2012 Farm Bill for not allowing the new bill to be worse than it is. But they think that the trade off for Big Ag's insurance assistance should be more environmental demands and regulations for those who benefit most.

Ronnie Cummins' Organic Consumers Association sees some good with the bad. He points to the good with the amendment by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) to cut farm subsidies for anyone with an average income over $1 million. It was approved by a Senate vote of 84-15.

But Cummins warns that the Big Ag Lobby of Monsanto, Cargill and others wants to keep Congress from debating the bill so they can hijack it. There is the possibility for such a quick ending by going straight to a Senate super-committee assigned with the task of cutting government spending.

According to Fred Hoefner, policy director of the Washington-based National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, hard won funding programs that encourage non-organic farmers to make the transition to organic farming are on the chopping block.

Another group points out how the funding that assists small organic farming is miniscule compared to funds benefiting Big Ag. Yet that small amount is under scrutiny as well.

The financial super-committee may be the final arbitrator for whatever has been proposed so far. This committee has the task of reducing spending by $1.5 trillion over the next 10 years.

Farm Bill recommendations must be submitted to the super-committee by October 14th. Then the committee has until November 23rd to come up with a deficit reduction plan, which has to be voted on by December 23rd.

If Big Ag gets its way completely, local and organic farming in general is at risk. It's a good idea to look into communicating directly with your senators and congressional representatives in an effort to prevent the worst from happening, or use this link to voice your concern (http://act.credoaction.com/campaign/farm_bill_ewg/).

Sources for this article include:

http://ewg.org/release/2012-senate-farm-bill-does-more-harm-good

http://www.organicconsumers.org/farm.cfm

http://foodfreedomgroup.com/2012/04/20/stop-the-giveaway-to-big-ag/

http://www.organicitsworthit.org

http://harvestpublicmedia.org

Explore more on Farm bill by searching on GoodGopher.com, the search engine for truth seekers.
Join over four million monthly readers. Your privacy is protected. Unsubscribe at any time.
comments powered by Disqus
Take Action: Support NaturalNews.com by linking back to this article from your website

Permalink to this article:

Embed article link: (copy HTML code below):

Reprinting this article:
Non-commercial use OK, cite NaturalNews.com with clickable link.

Follow Natural News on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest

Colloidal Silver

Advertise with NaturalNews...

Support NaturalNews Sponsors:

Advertise with NaturalNews...

GET SHOW DETAILS
+ a FREE GIFT

Sign up for the FREE Natural News Email Newsletter

Receive breaking news on GMOs, vaccines, fluoride, radiation protection, natural cures, food safety alerts and interviews with the world's top experts on natural health and more.

Join over 7 million monthly readers of NaturalNews.com, the internet's No. 1 natural health news site. (Source: Alexa.com)

Your email address *

Please enter the code you see above*

No Thanks

Already have it and love it!

Natural News supports and helps fund these organizations:

* Required. Once you click submit, we will send you an email asking you to confirm your free registration. Your privacy is assured and your information is kept confidential. You may unsubscribe at anytime.