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The newest edition of Food, Nutrition & Science from The Lempert Report offers the following assessment of the 2008 Farm Bill, which has been passed by both Houses of the US Congress, vetoed by President Bush, and then passed into law by a Congress able to override the veto.

According to the posting, "The five-year, $300 billion plan, which covers nutrition programs, farming, food and fiber production, and aspects of the lumber and horse farming industry, favors the continuation of ‘direct payments’ to those who farm crops like corn, rice and wheat. Many members of the House, Senate and Bush administration have criticized these measures, especially in light of the fact that consumers are currently facing spiking grocery bills. However, urban lawmakers have been more concerned with maintaining – and improving – the aid provided by the Farm Bill’s food and nutrition programs."

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