Deciding how America will nourish itself and sustain its farms would seem a top policy priority— yet as the US Farm Bill demonstrates, sustainably grown, healthy food and livable incomes for farmers and workers remain an afterthought in a process controlled almost entirely by agribusiness and a handful of farm-state legislators. Despite strong public opinion supporting local food, farmer’s markets, organic agriculture, food workers’ rights and access to fresh produce, agribusiness and commodity interests continue to dominate food and farming policy.
By Hellin Brink with photo by Elske Fliert
Photo description: A SRI farmer in the village of Dong Tru in Vietnam after the village was hit by a typhoon, holding up one SRI plant (left) and one conventionally grown plant (right) in front of the fields on which they were grown. Where the SRI field is significantly larger and still standing, the conventionally produced field is destroyed.