The U.S. Senate plans to vote Monday on the reauthorization of the farm bill, which is already causing a stir among farmers, environmentalists, and anti-hunger advocates. The bill would cut $24 billion over the next decade, including $4 billion from food stamp programs. The House drafted a rival bill, with nearly $40 billion in cuts. We discuss the likelihood of the bills’ passage, and what they mean for different stake holders.

Ken Cook, founder and president of the Environmental Working Group, a public interest, research and advocacy organization known for its farm subsidy database
Dale Moore, executive director of public policy for the American Farm Bureau Federation
Alexis Fernandez, nutrition policy advocate for California Food Policy Advocates

  • mountain_webbie

    Such an important topic. My personal experience is two-fold, as a young 20-year-old mother, I used food stamps to tide us over until I finished college and became employed. Years later, my son and his wife both struggle with serious disabilities and SNAP, although it doesn’t get them through the month, helps them keep up with food prices. There may be abuses by a few, but most often the program helps people survive and is vitally important to the people who need it.

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