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Digest: Special Farm Bill outrage edition

Our indefatigable Farm Bill-blogging friends at the Center for Rural Affairs have contributed this post. Advocates for farm bill reform have worked for well over a year in an effort to secure meaningful payment limits on farm program subsides. On Thursday we lost a vote in the U.S. Senate on the...

Glass gets a little fuller: Farm Bill reins in FDA on cloned food

A piece of good news: Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) and the Center for Food Safety just sent out press releases announcing that Milkulski's amendment, H.R. 2419, has made it through into the Farm Bill. The amendment stops the FDA from approving food from cloned animals until more studies have been...

Glass half full

The Farm Bill has passed the Senate, and I'm the last one who's going to say it doesn't make me want to cry. But despite some extremely disappointing losses -- including the failure of the Dorgan-Grassley payment limitations amendment -- the Sustainable Agriculture Coalition reminds us that there were some...

Subsidy cap is blanched

Parke Wilde's U.S. Food Policy blog has an update on the status of the Dorgan-Grassley amendment, which would have put a $250,000/recipient cap on subsidy payments. The status: dead. The kicker: the amendment failed despite the fact that a majority of senators voted in support of it. What is this madness,...

Urgent: Taking on Big Meat

I've recently learned (thanks to a little birdie from Capitol Hill) that Tyson, Smithfield, and pals are on the rampage this morning, circulating memos and e-mails against two important livestock amendments to be offered today on the Farm Bill. These amendments -- the Grassley competition amendment and the...

Digest – News: Farm Bill foundering, FRESH Act fails, FDA-China pact

Farm Bill deja chew all over again: Both House Ag Chair Collin Peterson and his Senate counterpart Tom Harkin agree that there will be no major changes in payment limits when the 2007 Farm Bill finally gets passed. Insightful as usual, Peterson said that most Americans just want to know that whatever farm...

Digest – News: Atrazine contamination widespread, testing hogs for MRSA, raw milk sickness in Kansas

Dr. Fox, how is our Patient Chicken doing?: Atrazine, the second most widely used weedkiller in the country — which happens to cause sexual mutations in frogs, among other delightful side effects — is showing up in some streams and rivers at levels high enough to potentially harm their...

Digest – News: Farm Bill moving again, pork brain illness, WIC gets healthier

All we want for Christmas is a new Farm Bill: The Senate finally moved forward on the Farm Bill today after agreeing to limit the amendments debated to 20 each for Democrats and Republicans. But a new law could still be months away. (Brownfield Network) Canary in the pork mind: Minnesota state health...

Is Ken Cook moonlighting as a DC real-estate agent?

This ad appeared in yesterday's Congressional newspaper Roll Call: Hat tip to Gristmill

The blame frame, part one: On corn, meat, and farmers

In a recent post on Grist, Tom Philpott ran down the list of problems that this year’s Farm Bill debaters have blamed, loudly and repeatedly, on subsidies: “everything from the obesity epidemic to the explosion in CAFOs in the late 1990s to the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico… [to]...

Digest – Blogs: Let’s scrap the Farm Bill, winter marketing, the golden age of apples

Just plow it under: Annie Myers reports on an event at NYU, “The Farm Bill 2007," with Marion Nestle, Dan Barber, Christina Grace, and the absent yet omnipresent omnivores-dilemma-in-chief — and makes an awesomely radical suggestion. "Maybe we should consider "scrapping the Farm...

Digest – Commentary: Leafy greens agreement not good for small farmers

Regulate producers, not produce: The CEO of Bon Appetit Managment Company, a leader in institutional farm-to-fork sourcing, has an op-ed arguing why the Leafy Green Marketing Agreement, which is supposed to protect against future E. coli outbreaks in produce, should apply only to large industrial producers,...

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