mark hertsgaard

Independent Journalist & Author


Memo to Congress: No Secret Farm Bill

Just a quick alert that my article, “Memo To Congress: No Secret Farm Bill,” has been posted as the lead story on The Nation magazine’s website:

You’ve heard of the 99%, you’ve heard of the 1%. Now, consider the 9%–that’s the proportion of Americans who approve of the job the US Congress is doing. (Who are these people, one wonders.)

This Nation piece describes one more reason for Congress’ abysmal approval ratings: it is resorting to secret dealings on the next Farm Bill, a law that shapes what Americans eat, how much it costs and how farmers treat our soil, air and water.

Note that this is not “just” a food issue: the back-room deliberations and fast-tracking of the Farm Bill in response to Congress’s “super-committee” is not unique to agriculture policy, as Senate Agriculture Committee spokesman Ben Becker points out in the piece; this may be happening in one form or another across the spectrum of federal policy.

Unless, of course, people stop it.



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Independent journalist Mark Hertsgaard is the author of seven books that have been translated into sixteen languages, including Bravehearts: Whistle Blowing in the Age of Snowden; HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth; and A Day in the Life: The Music and Artistry of the Beatles. He has reported from twenty-five countries about politics, culture and the environment for leading outlets, including The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Time, Mother Jones, NPR, the BBC and The Nation, where is the environment correspondent. He lives in San Francisco.