Tagged: Agriculture

NationalJournal.com – Ag Committee Supports Cuts to Food Assistance, Not Farm Subsidies

Of course I’m not surprised:

The House Agriculture Committee endorsed a letter this week to Budget Chairman Paul Ryan arguing that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which helps low-income Americans purchase food, would make a better target for cuts than automatic subsidies to farms.

I have a better idea. Let’s quit the ethanol nonsense, and revert back to using corn for food and feed. Then perhaps the price of corn will go down, resulting in lower food costs. You still want to cut SNAP? Then stick to growing corn for food and feed and work towards reducing the cost of food overall.

Farm subsides have been given out since the Great Depression. Due to our current economic situation, it’s time to reevaluate the program.

NationalJournal.com – Ag Committee Supports Cuts to Food Assistance, Not Farm Subsidies – Monday, March 21, 2011.

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UN report – Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production

Meanwhile the increasing use of chemicals in agriculture is being found to damage bees, weakening their immune systems, with laboratory studies showing that some insecticides and fungicides can act together to be 1,000 times more toxic to bees. They can also affect the sense of direction, memory and brain metabolism, and herbicides and pesticides may reduce the availability of plants bees need for food and for the larval stages of some pollinators.

Seriously? Who really thinks that Big Agribusiness companies care about the bee population? It doesn’t matter what you or I think. They will continue using insecticides for their crops. I sadly predict that bees will no longer be part of this Earth in 15 years…

Humans must change behaviour to save bees, vital for food production – UN report.