Farm Bill History

The first farm bill – the Agricultural Adjust Act of 1933 (each farm bill has its own name) – was created to address low commodity prices, national hunger, soil erosion and a lack of credit. Legislation was passed sporadically until farm bills were passed in more regular intervals beginning in 1965. Unfortunately, many of the original programs that were designed to ensure that there was healthy food for all and fair prices for farmers, have been stripped away or replaced with programs that benefit corporate interests over the interests of farmers and eaters.

The 2008 documentary Food Fight provides a substantial look at the evolution of American agricultural policy and food culture over the course of the 20th century.

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