Growing crops with Conservation and Food Safety in Mind

Outlet: Food Safety News

March 27, 2012

The subsidy discussion in the United States most often focuses on the impact of subsidizing certain crops, such as corn, wheat and soybeans, through the direct and counter-cyclical payments program to the exclusion of fruits and vegetables and therefore to the detriment of our national health (see, for example, The Fat of the Land: Do Agricultural Subsidies Foster Poor Health?).

Part of the subsidy discussion that is just as important, but not addressed in the popular press as much, is the fact that receiving those subsidies requires a farmer to be in compliance with certain conservation practices.