In an article in SF Gate is to be believed (and we’re currently looking for more backup on this), Obama’s campaign platform vowed to “close the loopholes that allow mega farms to get around (payment limits) by subdividing their operations into multiple paper corporations. Obama will take immediate action to close the loophole by proposing regulations to limit payments to active farmers who work the land, plus landlords who rent to active farmers.” This was one of the reasons many of us were stoked to vote for him. Well, that and he wasn’t John McCain. Super unfortunately, tomorrow the USDA is publishing final regulations that will preserve the giant loophope that allows big commodity farms (including factory farms) to remain eligible for subsidies.
If this is true, it’s the biggest bunch of bullshit. We’re doing some more investigating but honestly, Obama has to be careful, he’s gonna lose his base with shit like this. It’s extremely upsetting and NOW THURSDAY IS RUINED THANKS OBAMA.
Thanks to Food Fight for bringing this to our attention! Buy all your groceries from them!
∞ posted at 10:11 by laurahooperb