- Apr 23, 2009
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Know Your Farm Subsidies, Know Your Food - Food - The AtlanticYesterday, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released the latest update of its highly entertaining farm subsidy database. The links cover $245 billion in federal farm subsidies distributed from 1995 to 2009, and the site lets you search for subsidies by state, county, congressional district, and specific farm, and even by commodity. There is also a national summary.
As the EWG puts it:taxpayer-funded federal farm subsidies lavished on the wealthiest farms have resisted even modest efforts for reform. Introduced after the Great Depression and once the savior of struggling small family farms, these subsidy programs have been co-opted by the largest agriculture interests and now work to ensure profits for plantation-scale growers of corn, soybeans, rice, cotton and wheat.