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Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance and America’s Health

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Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance and America’s Health



Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill: Subsidies, Food Assistance and America’s Health

In election year 2012, the U.S. Congress will be considering a new Farm Bill, the government’s primary means of setting food and agriculture policy. The current Farm Bill has been criticized by public health experts for subsidizing crops used in ingredients, such as high-fructose corn syrup, in unhealthy foods. At the same time, the bill helps fund food assistance programs in the U.S., making food, healthy or otherwise, more affordable for many Americans. Amid calls for federal budget cuts, this Forum webcast focused on the implications for feeding the nation when politics, economics and nutrition collide.

*  The above story is adapted from materials provided by Harvard University

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