The truth is government agricultural policies have created a food system that looks like the opposite of what we hoped for. The Farm Bill has prioritized a U.S. agricultural system that grows feed for multinational livestock corporations by subsidizing their operations. In plain terms, an overwhelming amount of food grown goes into animal production rather than onto our plates. We funnel most of our taxpayer dollars for agriculture into an “industrial meat-feed complex”—which our food whistleblowers routinely attest is an unsustainable industrial production model.
In the past two years, you’ve been critical in advocating for farmers to get their fair shake. You should know that the agricultural policies entrenched in past Farm Bills trap our farmers too. Like our farmer whistleblower clients, many U.S. farmers felt they have no choice but to adopt failed policies. Consequently, they have remained in a model of farming that pollutes their land, harms animals, and produces feed for livestock instead of food for neighboring families. Farmers deserve the freedom to choose what to grow and have a way out of this industrial agricultural model. We can support our farmers by ensuring that they have the tools and resources they need to escape the industrial feed-meat complex and profitably grow nutritious foods for their communities.
We hope you’re better informed on some of the problems with our Farm Bill. Stay tuned for our next blog in this series where we’ll share how the food system issues you care about can be addressed with policy reforms in the upcoming Farm Bill.