The U.S. Farm Bill—arguably the nation’s largest and most influential food policy tool—is written by Congress every five years. It includes far-reaching programs for crop production, farmers, rural development, energy, conservation and international food aid—the largest portion going to food assistance programs.
With a lot at stake, and serious economic and political challenges at hand, the 2012 Farm Bill will set the stage for the ongoing public debate: In one corner, the industrial food system and powerful lobbyists paid generously to protect the interests of agribusiness and the food industry giants; in the other, growing public support for fair sustainable agriculture that supports farmers, rural communities and protects the environment.
IATP has been ﬁghting for a fair, healthy and sustainable Farm Bill for more than 25 years. In our new What’s at Stake? series, we will analyze how the Farm Bill affects issues we all care about.
Read the entire series, including an introduction, on IATP’s Farm Bill page:
- What's at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill? (Introduction)
- A Risky Proposition: Crop Insurance in the Face of Climate Change
- Local Foods, Global: Food Aid and the Farm Bill
- Everyone at the Table: Local Foods and the Farm Bill
- Disadvantaged Farmers: Addressing Inequalities in Federal Programs for Farmers of Color
- Enough to Eat: Food Assistance and the Farm Bill
- This Land, Our Land: Rural Development, Energy and Conservation in the Farm Bill
Read What’s at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill?, share it with your networks, and help IATP fight for a fair, healthy and sustainable Farm Bill. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook page: Understanding the Farm Bill