The Farm Bill

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Weed It and Reep.” Michael Pollan, New York Times, November 4, 2007
You Are What You Grow,” Michael Pollan, New York Times Magazine, April 22, 2007
Red State Welfare,” Timothy Egan, New York Times, June 28, 2007.
Today’s Harvest of Shame, “ Dean Kleckner, New York Times, October 15, 2007.
 “Amber Fields of Bland,” Dan Barber, New York Times, January 14, 2007.
Congress (almost) passes a farm bill; Bush vows to veto.” Contains a nifty video of an apple chasing down a twinkie, while describing what a fair farm bill would look like. has a number of posts on the Farm Bill.
Cookbook author Mark Bittman discusses what’s wrong with what we eat.
The Food and Farm Policy Project
The American Farmland Trust
Culinate’s Farm Bill archives
Farm Bill upends normal political order,” San Francisco Chronicle, May 4, 2008
Farm Lobby beats back assault on subsidies,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2008
Senate drops measure to greatly reduce sugar and fat in foods at school,” Washington Post, December 15, 2007.
National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture. Contains a helpful chart for comparing this Farm Bill to the 2002 Farm Bill.
Healthy Farms, Healthy Food at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Complete texts of all the Farm Bills at the National Agricultural Law Center.
The Community Food Security Coalition.
The Sustainable Agriculture Coalition
The Rural Coalition
Farm Bill 101 at Food and Water Watch
Select posts on the Farm Bill from The Jew and The Carrot:
A Jewish Look at the Farm Bill (May 20, 2008)
On Freedom and the Farm Bill (July 4, 2007)
The Jewish Community’s involvement in the 2008 Farm Bill:
Reform Jewish Leaders Applaud Passage of Farm Bill Reauthorization
In Novel Move, Jews Push for the Farm Bill, Forward, May 20, 2008
JCPA’s Food Stamp Challenge and Congressional Food Stamp Challenge.
JCPA’s analysis of the Farm Bill after it passed.
Books worth reading, though most are not specifically about the Farm Bill:
Food Fight: A Citizen’s Guide to a Food and Farm Bill
Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food and Omnivore’s Dilemma
Marion Nestle’s Food Politics and What to Eat
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for World’s Food System
Sweet Charity? Emergency Food and the End of Entitlement


More resources here.

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