Reforming the 2012 Farm Bill
Subsidies, Food Assistance and America's Health

Summary

In election year 2012, the U.S. Congress considered a new Farm Bill, the government’s primary means of setting food and agriculture policy. The existing Farm Bill has been criticized by public health experts for subsidizing crops used in ingredients—such as high-fructose corn syrup—in unhealthy foods. At the same time, the bill helps fund food assistance programs in the U.S., making food—healthy or otherwise—more affordable for many Americans. Amid calls for federal budget cuts, this Forum webcast focused on the implications for feeding the nation when politics, economics and nutrition collide.

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