Environmental Working Group proposes changes in farm program
While much of what they write in the preface is political in nature and subject to vigorous debate, they err in their definition of the function of a safety net. They define the safety net they are talking about as “stepping in when working farm and ranch families suffer unpredictable and potentially crippling losses caused by bad weather.” This is but one portion of the safety net that farmers have historically needed—protection in cases of weather-related disasters. The other portion of the safety net that farmers need is in response to long periods like 1998 to 2001 when crop prices remain well below the cost of production creating economic problems just as real as those caused by weather-related a crop failure.
That aside, their proposals are likely to create lively responses both for and against their positions.