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Congress, Spare Food Stamps
As the New York Times editorialized on August 17, Congress will soon debate how to trim the nation's agricultural budget by $3 billion dollars. EWG agrees with the Times that Congress should not cut closely-monitored food stamp programs, but instead chop widely-abused farm subsidy programs that mostly help corporate farms, not small family farms.
EWG found that of the $131 billion taxpayers have spent in the past nine years on farm subsidies, 72% of that money has gone to the largest ten per cent of farmers. Two-thirds of American farmers don't receive any subsidies at all. Read more, and search the database by name, town, zip code and more at www.ewg.org/farm.