14 Sep '11, 10pm

Good Grist piece on the current (sad) state of play on the Farm Bill.

When the 2008 Farm Bill passed, Michael Pollan took to the pages of Grist to ask, "why so little change on the key issue? Why didn't we get a food bill , rather than another farm bill?" Then he tasked food reformers to prepare for the next one, when change might really happen: It's not enough to engage the public, important as that is; we also have to get much smarter about both policy and politics, and craft some attractive proposals that will divide the farm block as well as move us to a healthier and more sustainable food system -- economically sustainable for farmers and farm workers and environmentally sustainable. Since then, food reformers -- who have begun to drive the media conversation as well as force agribusiness to engage in opposition research new marketing campaigns -- have had reason to hope they might control the debate over the next Farm Bill. But the rec...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/farm-bill/2011-09-14-food-reformers-...

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