19 Aug '11, 8pm

Politics, farmers, and change: the end of rural America: via @grist

Politics, farmers, and change: the end of rural America: via @grist

Reform is necessary to ensure the survival of future generations of farmers. Photo: Danilo. This week, President Obama returned to Iowa, where he launched his successful bid to the White House, to speak about "jobs and economic security " in rural America. According to the White House, his bus tour is not a campaign trip , but veteran political observers would disagree. For farmers and rural advocates, this tour is really about something much larger than electioneering or a new jobs program: It's about the survival of rural America. While the plight of urban decay has been widely publicized in the mainstream press, similar issues facing our country cousins (myself included) -- lack of well-paying jobs, rural brain drain, food deserts, poverty, and lack of access to quality health care -- have either been ignored or largely misunderstood by policy-makers and the press. Toda...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/farm-bill/2011-08-19-politics-farmer...

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