- EcoWatch thinks the Farm Bill extension in the fiscal cliff deal is a disgrace, partly because it “cuts funding for organic agriculture, clean water and beginning farmer initiatives.”
- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is "disappointed" that the 2008 Farm Bill was extended instead of Congress passing a new five-year bill, reports Obama Foodorama.
- Remember the “dairy cliff” I told you about last week. The fiscal cliff deal averted the dairy cliff. It came at the expense of cutting over $100 million from money that would “promote healthy eating under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),” according to Huffington Post. No money was taken directly from food stamp benefits, just from the healthy eating education.
- MNN’s science and eco-news blogger Russell McClendon wrote earlier this week about 6 environmental perks of the fiscal cliff deal. He sees the aversion of the dairy cliff as one of those perks.
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