New farm bill expected to have large impact on what’s for dinner
by Mary Clare Jalonick, Associated Press
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Shoppers pass through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta on Dec. 20. Look no further than your dinner plate to understand how the sweeping farm bill affects you. About 15 percent of the money in the new law, signed by President Obama on Friday, will go to farmers to help them grow the food you eat. Most of the rest of the money in the almost $100 billion-a-year law will go to food stamps that help people buy groceries. <br>The Associated Press
Shoppers pass through the Sweet Auburn Curb Market in Atlanta on Dec. 20. Look no further than your dinner plate to understand how the sweeping farm bill affects you. About 15 percent of the money in the new law, signed by President Obama on Friday, will go to farmers to help them grow the food you eat. Most of the rest of the money in the almost $100 billion-a-year law will go to food stamps that help people buy groceries.
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WASHINGTON — Look no further than your dinner plate to understand how the new farm bill affects you.

About 15 percent of the money in the legislation signed into law Friday by President Barack Obama will go to farmers to help them grow the food you eat. Most of the rest of the money in the almost $100 billion-a-year law will go to food stamps that help people buy groceries.

Five ways the farm law affects what is on your plate:

Where you shop

The law includes incentives for farmers’ markets and makes it easier for food stamp recipients to shop there. A new program would award grants to some farmers’ markets and grocery stores that match food stamp dollars if recipients buy fruits and vegetables. It has a bit of money to help finance the building of grocery stores in low-income areas that don’t have many retail outlets.

The main course

Most of the subsidy money benefits producers of the main row crops — corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice. Most corn and soybeans in the U.S. are grown for animal feed, so those subsidies keep costs down for the farmers and the livestock producers who buy feed for their beef cattle, hogs and chickens. Corn is an ingredient in hundreds if not thousands of processed foods you buy in the grocery store.

So the steak, rice and bread you buy are all most likely to be cheaper because of the law, as are sweet corn and edamame, the corn and soybeans that people eat.

Fruits and veggies

Most fruits and vegetables don’t get generous subsidies like the staple crops do. But starting in the 2008 farm law, fruit and vegetable producers are getting more of the share, including block grants, research money and help with pest and disease mitigation.

Money for these “specialty crops” — everything from blueberries to tomatoes to potatoes to nuts and honey — was expanded in the new law, which also provides money to encourage locally-grown food production and boosts organic agriculture.

Milk

It’s unclear if the price of a gallon of milk will be affected by the law. Unlike the rest of agriculture, dairy farmers have had more of a rough go in recent times, facing price collapses and shuttering dairies in the past five years. To prevent that from happening again, the bill gets rid of current subsidies for dairy and creates a type of insurance that pays out when the gap between the price farmers receive for milk and their feed costs narrows. How much the program will help remains to be seen.

Dessert

The law leaves intact the government’s sugar program, which supports prices and protects growers from foreign competition. Candy makers and other food and beverage companies long have said government protections for sugar farmers artificially restrict supplies, force consumers to pay more for sugar products and only benefit a few thousand well-off growers.

Many of those candy makers and food companies have turned instead to high fructose corn syrup, which sweetens many of the foods you find at the grocery store. That sweetener is made with corn.

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February 14, 2014
I found it interesting that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) was made from CORN. lol

It was amusing that you reported that so much of our food has been adulterated with corn, but did not see the connection between government subsides and the use of corn as feed. Animals that eat grass should not be starved until they are willing to eat corn.

Corn feeding cows was considered a delicacy when I was a child. It was pointed out to me how harmful feeding corn to cows was to the cow. It seem most people don't care. Maybe they don't understand that this way of mass feeding of live stock with corn is very new to the history of man, except as a delicacy.

I like the taste of dog, but will never eat it because I know how it is prepared. Same goes with beef, (grass fed beef has a taste and a lot less fat)

As I have been changing my eating from the sick animal foods to healthy food I have felt better, and enjoyed my food.

It is good that you learned that HFCS was made with corn. This may be our real problem: people don't know what food should taste like
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