CCI Action Alert –
Late last week, after hearing from hundreds of Iowans and thousands across the country, the U.S. House of Representatives failed to pass its disastrous Farm Bill.
But we’re not out of the woods yet.
In the next couple of days, House Leadership could bring it back to the floor – with no real substantive changes. Instead of taking this opportunity to fix issues that CCI members raised, our Representatives are poised to put forward the same damaging piece of legislation as before.
Why is this House Farm Bill so bad? Because it…
- Props up the factory farm industry.
The bill creates new massive loopholes that benefit the largest mega farm operations and factory farm owners, allowing them to receive unlimited amounts of public subsidies.
- Strips away local control.
Iowa’s very own Representative Steve King was able to insert a “Right to Farm” amendment that would prevent local governments from having their own agricultural standards, significantly limiting their ability to protect citizens and support local farmers.
- Takes food away from people in need.
This bill increases the requirements that recipients of SNAP (food stamps) need to fulfill to receive basic food support. This bill will result in fewer people from being able to feed themselves and buy the food family farmers grow. These changes to SNAP will hurt our neighbors.
- Eliminates conservation programs.
The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a popular nationwide program designed to help farmers establish and be supported in a whole farm conservation plan. But, this Farm Bill eliminates CSP and attempts to replace it with vague “stewardship contracts.” Even worse, these contracts could be used by factory farms — meaning more public funds going toward expanding the factory farm industry.
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
It’s clear that our Representatives are out-of-touch with their constituents. Instead of actually fixing problems, they are trying to give more power to corporations.
For a farm and food system that works for farmers, workers, eaters, and the environment,