Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Dissappointment; Taxpayer Dollars Still Going to Big Ag

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Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Dissappointment; Taxpayer Dollars Still Going to Big Ag

WASHINGTON - Statement of Nasima Hossain on the Senate vote today to approve the 2012 Farm Bill:

“U.S. PIRG is disappointed in the Senate’s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill, which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag. The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the problem of wasteful agricultural subsidies, which has cost taxpayers $260 billion since 1995.  Instead, this bill recommits to taxpayer support for the largest agribusinesses. 

“Adding insult to injury, the subsidies continue to be heavily tilted towards crops like corn and soy, which are often processed into junk food ingredients.  At a time when one in three American children is overweight or obese, taxpayers should not spend billions subsidizing additives like high fructose corn syrup.

“The Senate considered amendments that would have set limits on these programs and ensured that they only went to small farmers, but rejected these common-sense proposals in favor of continued corporate handouts.

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U.S. PIRG, the federation of state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs), stands up to powerful special interests on behalf of the American public, working to win concrete results for our health and our well-being. With a strong network of researchers, advocates, organizers and students in state capitols across the country, we take on the special interests on issues, such as product safety,political corruption, prescription drugs and voting rights,where these interests stand in the way of reform and progress.

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