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Searching for a smarter, more nutritious farm bill

All told, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given farmers about $200 billion this decade. Nearly three-fourths of that subsidizes the production of corn, cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat. Meanwhile, strawberry, spinach and lettuce growers get virtually nada.

From the San Jose Mercury News:

California should play matchmaker next month. It should insist that Congress marry its agriculture policy to its food and nutrition policy when federal lawmakers take up a new Farm Bill in January.

California's fruit and vegetable growers say they don't want government handouts. How refreshing. Imagine how the nation's budget outlook -- not to mention its health -- would improve if corn growers were on an even footing.

All told, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has given farmers about $200 billion this decade. Nearly three-fourths of that subsidizes the production of corn, cotton, rice, soybeans and wheat. Meanwhile, strawberry, spinach and lettuce growers get virtually nada.

For the complete article, please see: In search of a smarter, more nutritious Farm Bill

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