Farm bill's flaws show deeper problems

Published: Friday, Jun. 14, 2013 - 10:06 am
Last Modified: Friday, Jun. 14, 2013 - 10:34 am

Re "Farm bill would be a disaster for conservation, California" (Viewpoints, June 12): Fertilizer runoff is a problem in the Mississippi watershed, too. Dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico are ample proof. Why is this positioned as a California problem? The entire country needs to be concerned.

Yes, the farm bill is weighed down with the burden of supplying more food aid. Maybe if tax law and financial systems weren't set up to shift wealth away from the lower 90 percent there wouldn't be so much need. Minimum wage is a joke compared to the escalation in executive pay.

We need to be honest about the fallout from our misguided ideas about wealth. Current policies are actively creating a third world economy.

-- Bonnie Modugno, Venice

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