Farm Bill full of fat, critic suggests

09/25/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Federal subsidies to some farmers has been ongoing in the U.S. since the 1930s. And that’s how it would continue under the $286-billion farm bill the Senate is now considering.

The five-year plan for agriculture, billed as a temporary remedy for stricken farmers 75 years ago, is up for renewal by Congress as farm income breaks U.S. records. The House passed its version of the Farm Bill in July.

According to journalist Michael Pollan, the Farm Bill – or Food Bill – is contributing to the problems that Americans have with diabetes, obesity and other health issues.

Pollan is the award-winning author of the book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. It was named a book of the year by Borders, Amazon and the American Booksellers Association. Pollan also writes for the New York Times Magazine.

Tune in tomorrow night when we will discuss in depth his award winning book.

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