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If you care about food, pay attention to The Farm Bill

small child stocking a shelf in a food pantry with canned goods

The Emergency Food Assistance Program, or TEFAP, supplies food banks and food pantries with USDA food. The budget for this program is included in the Farm Bill. (Kayte Young/WFIU)

“In terms of what is being discussed right now, I would say the $1.2 trillion dollar elephant in the room is SNAP. And so, the 2023 Farm Bill is estimated to be the most expensive farm bill in US history, over the course of 10 years worth of outlays.”

This week on the show we’re talking about the importance of the upcoming Farm Bill.  Our guest is Shellye Suttles. She is an agriculture economist and assistant professor at the O’Neill School for Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

Harvest Public Media shares a story about midwestern states, sparked by worries over China, want to limit who can buy land. 

Mentioned on this episode:

US Farm Bill

Interview with Megan Sandel on All Things Considered, NPR

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Thrifty Food Plan

Earth Eats episode featuring Angela Babb talking about the Thrifty Food Plan.


Music on this Episode

The Earth Eats theme music is composed by Erin Tobey and performed by Erin and Matt Tobey.

Additional music on this episode from the artists at Universal Production Music.

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