The farm bill, a massive piece of federal legislation that gets renewed every five years, has increasingly come under scrutiny for contributing to an industrialized food system based on cheap commodity ingredients such as corn, soy, and wheat. Farm bill politics also includes food assistance programs. In June 2012, Eat Drink Politics published a first-of-its kind report called, Food Stamps, Follow the Money: Are Corporations Profiting from Hungry Americans? (You can also read the report’s executive summary. The report received quite a lot of attention and media coverage.
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