Philip Brasher, Agriculture and Food Editor at CQ Roll Call, discusses another significant deadline for Congress on December 31st - passing a farm bill that also effects food stamp recipients.
Great to hear from someone who's in touch with big agriculture in this country. The Farm Bill is SUCH a big issue and I wish NYC would cover in greater depth -- perhaps as part of a "heartland" month or something -- something to compare the mythology of heartland with its actuality in terms of big agriculture, and really teach about rules and regs that affect how food is created. We hear much in NYC about chefs and restaurants and farm to table but the REALITY is so much different.
Loved hearing from listener "Tom" who questioned the benefits of rules/regs that keep dairy farmers from charging more for their product. Not only would higher milk prices lead to different household budget choices by milk consumers but it MIGHT ALSO lead to better farm care, including of the livestock who produce the milk.
Back to my show idea -- the long period of agriculture coverage --
We urbanites and greater metro denizens would do well to be reminded of the CULTURE that's in agriculture. The extent to which that culture has shifted -- to biotech labs and corporate constructs, along with it bringing the decimation of small farmer pride in the "heartland", while rules and regs directed at large operations hobble small farmers who want to reclaim the best of earlier farming traditions -- all of this would be extremely interesting for many listeners, I reckon. ESPECIALLY ME!
Thanks for bringing the speaker on. You only touched the tip of the iceberg. Please -- bring it on!
Great topic and of course Tom is right, food costs are at an all time low compared to total household spending (with US dairy farmers taking the hit, along with every other point along the food chain -- with the exception of management & owners of corporate or tax shelter-based enterprises.)
Too bad the government won't step in and force down the prices of those flat screen tvs and $100 sneakers. Actually Tom, you didn't mention it but I usually think of real estate and vehicles as having efficiently captured the extra cash freed up by cheap food prices.
Personally, I would rather pay for better food than more costly housing.
a gift from blue states to red states merry f'ing xmas
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