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CA “Salad Bowl” Looking for Perfect Dressing in Farm Bill

September 17, 2007

Fruits and vegetables are at the top of the list of healthy foods according to the USDA "Food Pyramid," and farmers in the nation's "salad bowl" want to make sure the next U.S. Farm Bill heeds that advice. Kris O'Connor with the Central Coast Vineyard Team feels past Farm Bills haven't been very supportive of the wide variety of crops grown in California, many on small farms.

According to O'Connor, about two-thirds of all farmers don't receive any Farm Bill support, which means the majority of taxpayer investment goes to a small number of large producers. While supporters of that strategy claim it lowers consumer costs, she says giving money to the largest and most profitable farming and ranching operations doesn't reflect California values.

"We value healthy and nutritious food, sustaining the profitability of small farms, and promoting a diverse food system."

Producers who want to learn more about food policy can do so at the "Sustainable Ag Expo" in Paso Robles, November 1-2.

Deborah Smith/John Robinson, Public News Service - CA