I’m keynoting the workship on Food, Ethics, Politics at 4:00 with a reception to follow. My talk, “”Food, Ethics, Politics: The View from 2022,” will be in the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Maeder Hall, Room 002. This event is part of the University Center for Human Values (UCHV) Conferences, Workshops & Special Events. To register to attend, click here.
Weekend reading: The Farm Bill
It will take more than a weekend to figure out what is actually in this 641-page monster.
Its table of contents alone is 13 pages.
The House produced a section-by-section summary
It also produced a quick overview of the top-ten highlights.
This draft calls for an expenditure of about $865 billion over 10 years.
Lots of groups have lots to say about this bill.
My favorite quote comes from Mike Conaway, chair of the House Agriculture Committee:
Except for the SNAP portion, this is a bipartisan bill.
The farm bill always presents a forest vs. trees problem. It is an enormous collection of trees.
I found this one especially interesting: Sec. 4003. Gus Schumacher food insecurity nutrition incentive program.
If I understand it correctly, this is to fund pilot projects to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in low-income communities. If it survives, it might be a fitting tribute to Gus, who died in 2017 after a long career promoting agriculture as a means to improve public health.
Happy reading. No telling what will happen to this, but it will be interesting to watch. Stay tuned.