Farm and Food Policy Reform Amendment Benefits 348 Districts, Analysis Shows

    WASHINGTON, July 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An amendment to reform
 federal farm and food policies to help more farmers and to better address
 hunger, health and environmental challenges would increase federal farm
 spending in 348 congressional districts when compared with extension of the
 2002 Farm Bill. That's according to analysis conducted by a former USDA
 official on behalf of Environmental Defense, a national environmental
 group.
     The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment to the 2007 Farm Bill
 will be offered by a bipartisan group of legislators to reduce and
 restructure farm subsidies and to increase spending on USDA nutrition,
 conservation and rural development programs.
     "The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment will help ensure that
 our farm and food policies help more farmers, consumers and communities,"
 said Scott Faber, Environmental Defense Farm Policy Campaign. "This
 analysis shows that voting for reform and against the status quo will be a
 vote to meet the needs of local farmers, the hungry, and the environment."
     The Fairness in Farm and Food Policy Amendment would reform subsidies
 by replacing depression-era prices guarantees with a modern, revenue-based
 safety net developed by USDA, placing reasonable limits on crop subsidies,
 controlling the administrative costs of crop insurance, and by gradually
 reducing "direct" subsidy payments linked to past production.
     The amendment increases nutrition spending by $5.4 billion over five
 years, increases conservation spending by $6 billion over five years, and
 makes other investments to help fruit and vegetable growers, minority
 farmers, and boost rural development.
     To learn more about individual congressional districts, visit
 http://www.environmentaldefense.org/farms.
     Environmental Defense, a leading national nonprofit organization,
 represents more than 500,000 members. Since 1967, Environmental Defense has
 linked science, economics, law and innovative private-sector partnerships
 to create breakthrough solutions to the most serious environmental
 problems. http://www.environmentaldefense.org
     Contact:
     Scott Faber -- 202-572-3315 or sfaber@environmentaldefense.org
     Sharyn Stein -- 202-572-3396 or sstein@environmentaldefense.org
 
 

SOURCE Environmental Defense

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