Thursday, December 18, 2008

Day 262- Nutrition Bite

New Report Exposes Subsidies to Factory Farms
Family Farm Groups Demand Reform of Environmental Quality Incentives Program

Des Moines, Iowa - A report released today exposes how industrial hog and dairy operations are subsidized through the federal Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP). The report, entitled 'Industrial Livestock at the Taxpayer Trough' estimates that between 2003 and 2007, roughly 1,000 industrial hog and dairy operations have captured at least $35 million per year in taxpayer support through EQIP. Click here to read the study.

Representatives of the Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment (CFFE), a coalition of family farm organizations in the Midwest, say the report gives further evidence that the factory farm industry is reliant on taxpayer funding.

"This report demonstrates what family farmers have known for years—this corporate-controlled, industrial model of livestock production can't survive without taxpayer support," said Rhonda Perry, a livestock farmer with the Missouri Rural Crisis Center from Howard County, Missouri. "Taxpayers should not have to foot-the-bill for this corporate welfare that is fueling the industrialization of the livestock industry at the expense of family farmers, rural communities and the environment."

Sugar Preacher's Experience

Reading this report is distrubing. I don't want my tax dollars paying for the hog and dairy industry. Hot dogs are gross, and my milk usually goes rancid. I end up paying for subsidy programs that I don't suppport. The farm bill needs some revamping....

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