Currently Congress is struggling to cobble together a Farm Bill that can pass through both houses. But because the Farm Bill is so large (the current Senate version has more than 1,010 pages) and complex -- involving legislation not for just food, but issues such as conservation, trade, nutrition, forestry, and even energy policy -- that it has a significant impact on our food system, and thus the health and well-being of people, animals, the natural world, and others around the globe. It's an important piece of legislation that concerned citizens should be informed about. Here are a few resources that can help.
- GOOD offers a brief infographic overview called "Making Sense of the Farm Bill," and is also running a series, called "Forked Up," which tracks current news and issues related to the U.S. food system, including several stories about the Farm Bill.
- Grist is also running a series of blog posts keeping up with the Farm Bill process and issues citizens should know about.
- NPR ran a recent story about "Why the Farm Bill's Provisions Will Matter to You."
- A coalition of organizations and people concerned about food policy and the U.S. food system have created a primer, Food Fight: A Citizens' Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, which offers helpful information about the issues involved.
- The Senate has recently released a version of the Farm Bill (technically titled the Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act 2012). You can get an overview and follow updates here.
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