Foodfight The Citizen's Guide to a Food and Farm Bill

ISBN-10: 0970950020
ISBN-13: 9780970950024
Edition: 2007
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Description: The Farm Bill is perhaps the single most significant land use legislation enacted in the United States, yet many citizens remain unaware of its power and scope. With subsidies ballooning toward $25 billion dollars per year, the Farm Bill largely  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Watershed Media Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 167
Size: 8.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.858
Language: English

The Farm Bill is perhaps the single most significant land use legislation enacted in the United States, yet many citizens remain unaware of its power and scope. With subsidies ballooning toward $25 billion dollars per year, the Farm Bill largely dictates who grows what crops, on what acreage, and under what conditions--all with major impacts on the country's rural economies, health and nutrition, national security, and biodiversity. As debate and wrangling over the 2007 Farm Bill intensifies,Food Fightoffers a highly informative and visually engaging overview of legislation that literally shapes our food system, our bodies, and our future.

Michael Pollan is a contributing writer for "The New York Times Magazine" as well as a contributing editor at "Harper's" magazine. He is the author of two prizewinning books: "Second Nature: A Gardener's Education" & "A Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder". Pollan lives in Connecticut with his wife & son.

Foreword : don't call it the "Farm Bill," call it the "Food Bill"
Introduction : a food and farm bill for the 21st century
Why the Farm Bill matters
Somewhere in America's heartland ...
Why the Farm Bill matters
What is the Farm Bill?
Promises broken : the two lives of every farm bill ...
Where it all started
Family farms to mega-farms
The Farm Bill's hunger connection
The conservation era begins - again
Freedom to farm and the legacy of record payoffs
Who gets the money?
The multiple benefits of skilled farmers and healthy rural lands
World Trade Organization rulings and the era of green payments
New Zealand : still subsidy-free after all these years
Wedge issues
Wedge issue politics
Hunger, health, and nutrition : changing the policy palette
Energy : farming in an era of fossil fuel scarcity
Healthy lands, healthy people : why farmlands matter to conservation
Turning the tables
Turning the tables
Afterword : somewhere in America's future

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