More than a dozen federal agencies play a part in keeping food from making Americans sick. Critics say the system has holes, and some think we would all be safer if food safety at the federal level was brought under one roof.
In the top pork producing states, many farmers are under contract with giant meatpackers like Tyson or Smithfield Foods. The packers actually own the pigs and pay the farmers to raise them. Nebraska is one of the last states to still prohibit meatpackers from owning livestock.
The Trans Pacific Partnership could boost the U.S. agriculture industry by $3 billion. Many farmers and ranchers stateside are eager to see tariffs in countries like Japan, which have been notoriously expensive export markets.
Farmers burn their fields to remove plants that are already growing and to help the plants that are about to come up. These burns are often called “prescribed burns” because they are used to improve the health of the field.
In 2013, China discovered in U.S. corn a genetically engineered trait that, although permitted in the U.S., had not yet been approved in China. Chinese regulators rejected American corn because some of it contained the trait.
Big farms are collecting taxpayer dollars that they haven’t necessarily earned by taking advantage of a loophole in government subsidy rules, according to regulators, members of Congress and the U.S. Government Accountability Office.