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Please Explain: The Farm Bill

Friday, October 04, 2013

Ron Nixon, New York Times reporter, talks about the Farm Bill—what it means for farmers, how it shapes food and nutrition policy in this country, and why it’s taken so long to pass and updated bill.

Guests:

Ron Nixon

Comments [6]

Amy from Manhattan

In the list of people who try to get their interests in the Farm Bill represented before Congress, I didn't hear Mr. Nixon mention actual farm workers. What happens to them as a result?

And maybe he said this & I missed it--the food stamp program was originally started to benefit farm owners & give them a market for their surpluses.

Oct. 04 2013 01:56 PM
Amy from Manhattan

There were not just claims but evidence of racism in USDA loans. I heard of this well over 5 years ago, probably more like 10. And the payments only went out *last week*??!!

Oct. 04 2013 01:53 PM

"....safe and quality food"???

That is NOT what the industrial food machine produces!!

Oct. 04 2013 01:50 PM
Bruce Katlin from chicago

Why does the Government continue to subsidize farming, a business like any other? What's the incentive and why shouldn't my business receive subsidized?

Oct. 04 2013 01:41 PM
Scott from Brooklyn

Is the Sugar price fixing designed to make us buy more high fructose corn syrup?

Oct. 04 2013 01:37 PM
Nydia Leaf from Upper West Side

Thanks for taking up this important issue. Please clarify the role of Monsanto behind-the-scenes in shaping the Farm Bill and protecting its Genetically Modified Organisms which are facing growing popular opposition.

Oct. 04 2013 01:35 PM

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