U.S. Farm Bill

1 Jul

Although the Farm Bill does not receive much public or media attention, it is a very important legislation.  The United States and nations of the world need agreements, policies and programs that will alleviate hunger, protect soil, water supplies and climatic conditions, and provide better nutrition for peoples everywhere.  The legislative process that is currently shaping the U.S. Farm Bill appears to be falling far short of meeting what is needed.  The Senate has passed a Farm Bill that is mostly forward looking but includes $4.1 billion in cuts to SNAP (formerly, the food stamp program) which supplements the food supply for the poor.  The House is drafted a Farm Bill that included a cut of $21 billion from SNAP.  When the House bill was brought to a vote it was defeated.  It remains to be seen whether a new bill will be brought before the House or whether both houses will vote for a continuation of the current bill (which will expire September 30, 2013).

Bread for the World, “a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to end hunger at home and abroad”, has a wide range of information about hunger   nationally and globally, http://www.bread.org/hunger/

The New York Times had an article on June 10 about Senate passage of a farm bill and the state of the House bill, link.

Questions and Answers about the Farm Bill from the Associated Press dated June 3, link.

A May 22 article from the New York Times illustrates the financial motivations behind the political controversy caused by the Farm Bill, link

Blog posts on the Farm Bill from Bread for the World may be found at http://blog.bread.org/farm-bill/

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