Mark Bittman and Ruth Reichl: What’s (Not) in the 2012 Farm Bill?


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With the urging of 92Y audience members to “go there,” New York Times food writer Mark Bittman and former Gourmet editor-in-chief Ruth Reichl share their frustrations with the “secret” 2012 Farm Bill. Specifically, eight times more money is being allocated to commodity crops like corn than to fruits and vegetables, which are designated “specialty crops.” Absent from the bill are industrial production regulations. If the Food and Drug Administration is defunded, Bittman says, that’s essentially deregulation and we lose important consumer protection. Read more at Capital New York who attended and reported on the event.