Billings Gazette: Tester says U.S. agriculture policy, genetically modified crops hurt family farms

Misguided federal farm policies and genetically modified crops are undermining family farm security, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said at a high-profile food conference Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

Sharing a Georgetown University stage with Prince Charles and “Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser, Tester told the audience that federal farm programs favoring some crops over others had undermined farm diversity. Those policies, along with an ever-shrinking group of buyers for farm products were making it harder for family farms to get by, he said.

“Over the past 100 years, we’ve seen far less diversity as far as crop rotations go and far less diversity and competition as far as marketing our crops,” Tester said at the Future of Food conference.

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