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  • jcdwyer

    There is NOT "a growing body of research showing that receipt of food stamps is tied to obesity." The bulk of research on this issue points towards no significant effect of food stamps on weight in either direction. This false statement should be removed from the infographic.

  • Brad Wilson

    In some ways this is better than most of what's written about the farm bill, in that it mentions supply management issues and reserve supplies, for example. But the analysis of subsidy recipients is not valid, as most of those who receive subsidies are tiny fractions of farms, not full-time farms, so full-time family farms are confused with giant corporate farms. Most of the top 10% of subsidy recipients are full-time family farms or smaller, or similar but somewhat larger (including combo farms of more than 1 family). Before receiving subsidies they've had huge reductions in market prices, and most farmers have been run out of business. The buyers of Agricultural commodities are the mega beneficiaries. The biggest 4 farm subsidy recipients have tiny fractions of the total benefits, well under 1%, while the biggest CAFO corporation buyers from these and other farms have 66% market share, but receive no visible subsidies. They get benefits hugely bigger than the biggest individual subsidy recipients (ie. $34 million in subsidies to compensate for reductions after subsidy caps vs $2.59 billion in gains with no showing of need of any kind and no pay limits of any kind, and these, in turn are much smaller than the benefits to Cargill & ADM). To address these much larger issues, other analysis is needed, and knowledge of policy alternatives is needed. Subsidy reforms do not address these issues at all, (any more than cutting SNAP (food stamps) stops cheap wages at Walmart). Only 2 organizations deal with the mega-multi-billion dollar issues in specific proposals, the Food from Family Farms Act of the National Family Farm Coalition, and the Market Driven Inventory System of the National Farmers Union.