“It cannot be right that a typical hill farmer earns just £12,600, with some surviving on as little as £8,000 a year, whilst the big retailers and their shareholders do so much better out of the deal, having taken none of the risk.”
Let’s hope that Prince Charles doesn’t receive any UK ag subsidies, or he may be exposed by the British equivalent of the Environmental Working Group as a hypocrite.
EWG has published a list of U.S. billionaires purportedly sucking off the federal ag subsidy teat and Rep. Rosa DeLauro was quick to make political hay on the issue. From her release:
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today wrote to the 50 billionaires recently revealed to be receiving farm subsidies, calling for accountability on behalf of American taxpayers. She asked the billionaires if they have received farm subsidies since 2008 to shed light on the hypocrisy of wasting taxpayer dollars on wealthy individuals while cutting money from programs, like food stamps, that feed poor Americans.
“We cannot look at food stamps alone,” DeLauro said in a statement accompanying the letter. “We must examine the Farm Bill in its entirety. These choices will be front and center as the House and Senate differences are ironed out in conference.”
Individuals on the list may also have received taxpayer dollars from the crop insurance program, but there is no way to know, as those names are hidden by law. Those individuals also have no qualifications placed on their ability to receive subsidies, while House Republicans have pushed plans to require drug testing and cut off recipients who cannot find jobs.
While optimism may remain fairly high about the prospects of getting to the finish line on the farm bill, there seems to be a possibility that some House Democrats would reject a farm bill all together if it meant hacking away at food stamp benefits.