It's one thing for the USDA to tell Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables, but quite another to ensure that federal agriculture policy encourages farmers to grow more.
Elliott Negin, a senior writer at the Union of Concerned Scientists, was a foreign news editor at National Public Radio, the managing editor of American Journalism Review, and the editor of Nuclear Times and Public Citizen magazines. His articles have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Columbia Journalism Review, the Hill, Mother Earth News, the Nation, the Progressive, Roll Call, Washington City Paper, the Washington Post and other publications.
The recent, dramatic increase in farmers markets that sell fresh, nutritional foods has happened with relatively little support from the federal government. Last year, for example, most of the $13.725 billion Congress allocated for agriculture went to large industrial farms.
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