The Bioscience Resource Project (www.bioscienceresource.org) has recently published a new paper on the FARM BILL that should be of interest to those who would like to understand what reforms are needed to make the Farm Bill support Local Food and Farming Systems.
EXCERPT: Strong local and regional food systems are essential to healthy, equitable, and sustainable systems of food and agriculture. Although originating within individual communities and regions, such local systems are nevertheless profoundly impacted by federal agriculture policies. At the heart of federal policy are the farm bill and its program of commodity crop price supports that have contributed to the dominance of large, industrialized farms over smaller operations. What are the opportunities for leveling the playing field?