I apologize to all you organic food lovers for getting political – but I think it’s important we pay attention to whats wrong with our food system, especially when it has to do with government policy.  In these apparently belt-tightening days of new budget proposals and threats to cut government services, the Farm Bill’s excessive subsidy payments for America’s well-paid conventional, large-scale farmers seem to stick out.  The U.S. pays out over $20 billion annually in subsidies to essentially guarantee a price floor for excess production.  From 2003-2005, the top 10% of beneficiaries received 66% of subsidy payments.  For more information about farm subsidies, visit the Farm Subsidy Database.

The Tea Party – with it’s commitment to do away with government spending abuses – has yet to take a clear or convincing stance on this issue.  Here’s newly elected Rep. Vicky Hartzler on ABC, unable to come up with a sensible answer to Diane Sawyer’s question about her $774,000 in subsidies between 1995 and 2009.  If this isn’t the epitome of the hypocrisy in American agriculture, then I don’t know what to say.  I guess we’re supposed to call it a $50,000 annual safety net for her crops?

In other news, I start seeding next week!