20 Mar '12, 11am

Despite the headlines, Big Ag subsidies aren’t going anywhere

The “era of direct payments is over for farmers ,” reports Bloomberg Businessweek . “Farm subsidies could finally be on the chopping block,” says this recent article in the Baltimore Sun . Meanwhile the president of the ultra-conservative American Farm Bureau Federation was even quoted recently saying , “the public will no longer support direct payments to farmers.” On the surface, all this sounds promising to those in the food movement who see government subsidies for commodity farmers as a systematic way to keep industrial and highly processed food cheap and plentiful . But in truth, headlines like these (which have been especially plentiful since the Senate Ag Committee began convening hearings and holding public meetings a month ago in an effort to draft the 2012 Farm Bill) speak more to the shifting rhetoric behind farm subsidies than they do to any real change in the...

Full article: http://grist.org/food/despite-the-headlines-big-ag-subsid...

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