We cannot let this bill pass. It would:
- Repeal the program that helps farmers certify that their crops meet organic standards - at a time when demand for organic food is soaring.
- Exempt genetically-engineered crops from environmental reviews and set arbitrary deadlines on regulators ... allowing sales of GE/GMO foods that haven't been analyzed and approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
- Provide fewer incentives for healthy diets.... cut nutrition assistance programs by $16 billion... not expand access to fruits and vegetables, as the Senate has proposed, and would take the "fresh" out of USDA's Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program for school children.
- Eliminate common-sense rules that protect water from pesticides. Reps. Lucas (R-Okla.) and Peterson (D-Minn.) tacked on riders that would damage water quality and wildlife habitats. Over 1,000 American lakes & streams are already too pesticide-fouled to meet federal clean water standards.
- Cut $6 billion from conservation programs that benefit farmers and help keep air and water clean.
- Give big handouts to Big Ag. Big subsidized growers would get higher price guarantees for their crops - driving more tax dollars to mega-farms and driving out small family farmers. It would also expand crop insurance by $9.5 billion. Right now, farm businesses can get unlimited insurance subsidies: 26 of them collected more than $1 million apiece in 2011.