The U.S. Farm Bill, arguably the largest and most influential food policy tool in the US, is written by Congress every five years. It includes far-reaching programs for crop production, farmers, rural development, energy, conservation and international food aid – the largest portion going to food assistance programs.
With a lot at stake, and serious economic and political challenges at hand, the 2012 Farm Bill will set the stage for the ongoing public debate: In one corner, the industrial food system and powerful lobbyists paid generously to protect the interests of agribusiness and the food industry giants; in the other, growing public support for fair sustainable agriculture that supports farmers, rural communities and protects the environment.
IATP has been ﬁghting for a fair, healthy and sustainable Farm Bill for more than 25 years. In our new What’s at Stake? series, we will analyze how the Farm Bill affects issues we all care about.
Read the entire series, including an introduction, on IATP’s Farm Bill page:
- What’s at Stake in the 2012 Farm Bill? (Introduction)
- A Risky Proposition: Crop Inurance in the Face of Climate Change
- Local Foods, Global: Food Aid and the Farm Bill
- Everyone at the Table: Local Foods and the Farm Bill
- Disadvantaged Farmers: Addressing Inequalities in Federal Programs for Farmers of Color