You’ve got to love the President of The Environmental Working Group, Ken Cook, for being such a wise and staunch advocate for our personal health, safety and wellness. Here’s a great video of him in action at TedxManhattan, speaking about revamping the Farm Bill. Not only does this bill directly effect farmers, but the 43 million Americans on Food Stamps as well – so this is an important issue to many, many people across the country and probably in your own neighborhood.
In the video, Ken talks about dead farmers getting paid subsidies (I kid you not!) and points out that less than 1% of the 4.7 million acres of farmland in this country is organic.
Take a look below!
I just read your blog and I am very concerned that you are not made aware of the growing problems that farmers face, yes, problems. You just hit the nail on the head about organic farming, but you don’t mention that the Fed. Govt. shut down ATTRA for the next fiscal year…one of the only organic advocate agencies out there for farmers. And our food bill. What food bill? Only 3% of that Farm Bill Money will ever make it to the actual “hands on” farmer like myself. The rest is tied up in food stamps, non essential payrolls and not on farmers where the “food” begins. Thanks for reading.
A concerned farmer in South Georgia USA.
Some genuinely nice stuff on this site, I enjoy it.