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Food FightsHow History Matters to Contemporary Food Debates$
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Charles C. Ludington and Matthew Morse Booker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469652894

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.001.0001

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U.S. Farm and Food Subsidies

U.S. Farm and Food Subsidies

A Short History of a Long Controversy

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(p.162) 8 U.S. Farm and Food Subsidies
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Food Fights
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Sarah Ludington

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469652894.003.0009

From its founding, the U.S. government has promoted agriculture, and since the Great Depression, has directly supported farm incomes and crop prices. Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs linked farm subsidies to food assistance for the poor, a politically successful combination then and now. Sarah Ludington describes how the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Farm Bill, became responsible for school lunches, food stamps, and land conservation in addition to billions of dollars in subsidies for commodity crops like corn and cotton. Now a target for both the right wing and left wing of American politics, the Farm Bill continues to embody the tensions at the heart of American agriculture.

Keywords:   USDA, Farm Bill, New Deal, School Lunch, Great Depression, Subsidies, Commodity crops, Food stamps, Land conservation, Tension

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