The Farmers Legal Action Group has a new report out analyzing the 2008 Farm Bill and explaining what needs to happen to bring our agricultural policies in line with public health policies. The report has a title that warms my heart, “ Planting the Seeds for Public Health.” Its subtitle: “How the farm bill can help farmers to produce and distribute healthy foods.”
Its main findings:
And one key observation: many of the recommended changes could be made by the USDA without the need for additional direction from Congress. Translation: No need to wait until 2012 when the Farm Bill comes up again.