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June 20, 2012

Farm bill splits produce growers, food activists

Five years ago, California farmers were a powerful ally of the new food movement’s crusade to get Washington to stop subsidizing corn and start promoting the fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts that are the mainstay of the state’s huge farm sector. This year, Bay Area food activists are on their own.  The fight is over a new farm bill, now before the Senate, that will spend nearly $1 trillion over the next decade, set national nutrition policy for a country staggering under the rising cost of obesity, and determine environmental policy on the 40 percent of the U.S. land mass, including a quarter of California, that is farmed.  Read More

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