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
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
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SOURCE Environmental Defense