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The 114th Congress has convened and the agriculture committee membership has been set. It’s a little-known fact is that the federal farm bill – drafted by the agriculture committees — represents the single largest U.S taxpayer investment in the environment, with $39 billion spent on agriculture-related conservation programs from 1995-2012. The conservation programs authorized...
How do the agriculture committees in the 114th Congress stack up? Last November, Mark Bittman, Micheal Pollan, Olivier De Schutter, and Ricardo Salvador made the case for a national food and farm policy to improve American diets and the environment. In a collectively penned Washington Post opinion piece, the authors and food system experts identified a...
Lawmakers could stem the growth of our largest dead zone with their votes. But most refuse to. Agriculture field run-off is the main contributor to the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, an oxygen-deprived swath of ocean the size of Connecticut. Fertilizer from farms throughout the Midwest washes into the Mississippi River and eventually makes its...
The Republic of Awesome is the collection of contradictions spawned when frontier independence collides with politics and greed.  The ROA is a place where “conservatives” froth at Obamacare but champion federal farm subsidies. A region where ranchers are celebrated for refusing to pay for grazing their cattle on public land while hungry children and...