A hell of a way to write a Farm Bill

If you want to see what political dysfunction looks like, take a look at how Congress is bungling the nation’s most important food and farm policy—the Farm Bill. The sprawling Farm Bill sets policy for the next five years and is directly relevant to our 2 million farmers, the 43 million people on food assistance and the more than 900 million acres in farmland.

Cuts versus investment in farm policy

The U.S. and the European Union are both beginning to rewrite farm policy, and the differences in the process are wider than the Atlantic. The 2012 U.S. Farm Bill will set farm and food policy for the next five years. Europe's new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will enter into force in 2014, guiding policy through 2020.

Who's benefitting from higher farm prices

Higher prices for crops mean higher profits for farmers, right? Not so fast, says a new Policy Brief by Timothy Wise at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University.

Radio Sustain: August 10, 2010

IATP Food and Society Fellow Andy Fisher discusses barriers between those on food assistance and the fresh produce at farmers markets. Joe Rice, director of the Na-Way-Ee Center School in South Minneapolis, tells us about the schools garden and how it connects the students with the earth, their food and native traditions. Pastor Steve Lomen, operator of the St.