November 2, 2011
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs has released a white paper on the next farm bill that the co-chairmen of the council’s agriculture project presented to staff members of the House and Senate agriculture committees and the super committee on September 23.
The Council’s proposal is estimated to save $7.5 billion per year, or $75 billion over ten years, relative to current farm bill policy.
The paper states that, “the coincidence of the 2012 farm bill and the deficit-reduction goals of Congress creates an ideal time to adopt a new food and farm policy built on revenue assurance for all crops and livestock, that provides more and healthier food, focuses on stewardship of working land rather than land idling, improves food security overseas, reinvigorates the agricultural research system, invests in rural productivity, and provides U.S. leadership in agricultural trade.”
The white paper makes several specific recommendations on how to transform food and farm policy, including:
The report was authored by former World Food Program executive director Catherine Bertini, former USDA Under Secretary Gus Schumacher, and University of Illinois emeritus professor and former USDA Assistant Secretary for Economics Robert Thompson.
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, is an independent, nonpartisan organization committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.