Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Farm Bill Would Boost Rural Economies And Health

It is the peak of the farmers' market season in Arizona. Tiny federal programs for farmers’ markets could grow big results for the state's farmers, communities, seniors and low-income families – if Congress would pass a farm bill, according to Union of Concerned Scientists economist Jeff O’Hara. He says the programs give a surprisingly significant boost to rural economies, and to people’s health. O’Hara says studies have found people who go to the markets eat more fruits and veggies, for many reasons.
 
O’Hara says small incentives have boosted farmers' market produce for seniors and low-income mothers and children. But he says those programs have expired, even though they cost less than a hundred million dollars – pocket change in the farm bill, which he claims contains a lot of waste.

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